The Literary Social Calendar
Workshops and Classes
How to Pick Your Publishing Pathway with Lana Castle
10/6 – This workshop will give you the inside scoop on today’s book publishing “pathways” and teach you how to navigate around potential pitfalls. For anyone who wants to learn more about the publishing process and today’s publishing options, this workshop is for you.
Lana Castle’s Guest Blog The Road to Publication
Poetic License: Using Poetic Language and Devices in your Poetry, Prose and Everyday Writing with Liz Garton Scanlon 9/15
Liz Garton Scanlon’s Guest Blog Poetic License & Language
Creating Effective Characters with Michael Druxman 9/22
Q & A with Michael Druxmanon featured on Scribe
Attention Alpine Retreat Students:
Palooka is seeking new material for an upcoming issue, and would love to check out pieces by the Alpine Summer Retreat students! Palooka is a nonprofit literary magazine seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, graphic short stories, graphic essays, comic strips, artwork, photography, and multimedia for their next issue. They offer print and electronic versions of the magazine and offer samples of the published materials online. They’re determined to find those writers and artists who are hungry and relevant, flying under the radar, producing great works that are going unnoticed by other magazines. This is a magazine for everyone, especially for the up-and-coming underdog in the literary battle royale. Click here to submit!
The Paris Literary Prize Competition
The Paris Literary Prize is an international novella competition for unpublished writers. Any topic is welcome. The Paris Literary Prize celebrates this small but perfectly formed genre while giving a unique opportunity to writers whose voices have not yet been heard. Awards include: The Paris Literary Prize award: 10,000 Euros ~ Two Paris Literary Prize Runner-up awards: 2,000 Euros each. All three winners will be invited to a weekend stay in Paris to attend the Prize ceremony and read from their work at a special event at Shakespeare and Company. Visit their website for more information.
Barnes and Noble Events
Brenda R. Brittain, author of The Seven Courses of Christianity will sign copies of her book at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble store on Saturday, September 8th at 2:00 p.m. The store is located in the La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH-35 and SH-45.
From the first bite of the appetizer to the last piece of cake on the platter, a seven-course meal is an experience to treasure. But what if the meal could encompass a lifetime, and what if it could fill you up for eternity? In The Seven Courses of Christianity (Tate Publishing, 2012), Brenda Brittain guides us on a thought-provoking journey through the progression of our faith from innocence to maturity, using the image of a seven-course meal to offer a wonderful take on what it means to grow in Christ. The end will leave you satisfied, thankful, and eager to deepen your relationships with Christ and others. Come explore the ingredients and complexities of the Christian life one course at a time.
Criminal Law for Crime Writers – The villain has committed the dastardly deed, and has been doggedly run to ground by the intrepid protagonist. So what happens next? In his August 12 presentation of Criminal Law for Crime Writers, Adrian Eissler takes the Sisters in Crime into the framework of Texas criminal law, laying a foundation for members to conduct efficient legal research into the points of Texas criminal law that may be relevant to their works.
The presentation will first cover some of the key sources of criminal law in Texas, including the Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, Rules of Evidence, appellate opinions, and the U.S. Constitution. Delving further into these sources, we’ll discuss points of law that may be of particular interest in plot development, including culpable mental states, transferred intent, causation, accomplice liability, self-defense, insanity, and death penalty issues. Finally, we’ll dust off a fascinating case from 1898 that highlights the wealth of powerful stories to be found in the old case reporters in law libraries.
Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, located at the southeast corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road, in The Village at Westlake shopping center.
Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose purpose is to promote mysteries written by women, and combat discrimination against women mystery authors. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at http://www.hotxsinc.org.
Made in Texas Film Series: Adaptations – IN COLD BLOOD
August 8, 2012 • 7:30pm Texas Spirit Theater 1800 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
Austin Film Festival and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum present the “Made in Texas Film Series,” a program of films made by Texas based filmmakers or filmed in Texas, sponsored by the Texas Film Commission.
The final event in AFF’s Made in Texas: Adaptations film series! The true story of two psychopaths who murdered a middleclass family, from the crime to their own execution. Based on the classic 1966 book by famed author Truman Capote, this film adaptation, written and directed by Richard Brooks, is as incendiary as the source novel, with unforgettable performances from Robert Blake and Scott Wilson as the two murderers.
IN COLD BLOOD is considered a defining work in the true crime drama, and AFF is thrilled to have crime and mystery author Joe R. Lansdale in attendance at the screening for a Q&A. Lansdale, whose stories have been turned into films (BUBBA HO-TEP, INCIDENT ON AND OFF A MOUNTAIN ROAD) and has also written for television (Batman: The Animated Series), will discuss the influence of IN COLD BLOOD on the true crime genre and discuss his own approach to crime writing.
Resident Service Wildflower Events
Wednesday, Aug. 22 ~ 6:30 – 8pm
“Back to School” – Conversations with Children’s and Young Adult Authors
$5.00 for non-residents, with refreshments, book-signing and sales after presentations
Shana Burg, author of A Thousand Never Evers and Laugh with the Moon (for readers, 9 years and up) http://www.shanaburg.com
Bethany Hegedus, author of Grandfather Gandhi, Truth with a Capital T and Between Us Baxters http://www.bethanyhegedus.com
Cory Putnam Oakes, author of debut novel, The Veil (on the teen bestseller list at Book People) http://email@example.com
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildflower Terrace Apartments 3801 Berkman Drive (Corner of Manor Road and Berkman) Austin 78723
PR by the Book’s “Escape to Austin” Contest
Now in its 10th year of operation, with a growing pool of star literary talent and media personalities, PR by the Book has become a go-to firm in the book publishing industry for innovative publicity campaigns and top-tier media placement.
The contest is called “Escape to Austin” and will be a truly one-of-a-kind trip for the lucky winner. The prize package includes round-trip airfare for the winner and a guest, a two-night stay at The Hilton Garden Inn downtown Austin, dinner for two at TRIO in the Four Seasons, a $50 gift certificate to historic Hyde Park Bar & Grill and a couple of bookish perks.
To enter “Escape to Austin,” contest hopefuls must simply “like” PR by the Book on Facebook and fill out the entry form. The contest runs August 1 – August 31, 2012, and a winner will be selected by September 7 (open to U.S. residents only.)
PR BY THE BOOK is a boutique publicity firm specializing in literary media relations campaigns, publishing consultation, small business publicity, and publicity tours for authors and experts. Our team of seasoned publicists has worked on books in nearly every genre, and with dozens of major publishing houses and small presses. Visit prbythebook.com to learn more.
Wordspace Events — Dallas
Dallas Poetry YOUTH Slam @ Half Price Books (NW Hwy) August 4 ~ 4-6pm
Half Price Books and WordSpace are honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth. Created by Alexandra Marie and RockBaby, a host and organizer for Dallas Poetry Slam.
Jason Cohen @ Wordspace – August 4, 8pm
“My face is not melting, it just looks like it is”
WordSpace is delighted to add another dimension to Jason Cohen’s exhibit, “Facetotems”, at Mighty Fine Arts by presenting Jason’s multi-media, spoken-word work at WordSpace, next door to Mighty Fine Arts. Jason was raised in Richardson Texas and holds a BA in fine art from UNT. For the last 20 years, he has been successfully providing fringe retail for the DFW area with Forbidden Books, Forbidden Video, Forbidden Gallery &, currently Curiosities Antiques. When not out hunting for exotic antiques across Texas, you can find him having light saber battles with his son, tea parties with his daughter, out in the garden helping his wife plant exotic succulent cacti, or painting weird pictures in his studio. Click here for more information on these events.
6th Annual Do the Write Thing Writing Workshop is coming August 2012
Are you a published author or interested in becoming a published author? The 2012 Do the Write Thing Writing Workshop promises exciting sessions including 50 Shades of Writing, Poetry Writing Institute, Digital Publishing, and Writing Fantasy Fiction plus manuscript critiques. This year’s featured speakers include award winner Ann Weisgarber, national spoken word artist Michael Guinn, fantasy fiction author Urania Fung and author/conference founder Shewanda Riley.
6th Annual Writers Workshop returns to the Tarrant County College’s Northeast Campus in Hurst, Texas Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, 2012. Register early and pay only $50.00.
The Craft of Writing Series 2012 sponsored by the Writer’s Block.
This final session for 2012 will take place on Thursday, August 16, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak in Dallas, Texas, 75204, (214) 821-0911. The topic is: Three Errors that Drive Editors to Drink. During this workshop we will identify structural or developmental errors and discuss correction techniques. In addition, we will review examples and engage in hands-on exercises. Register today for this informal, interactive, free workshop at http://www.writersblockinc.org. Seating is limited so don’t procrastinate. Hope to see you there!
The Twig Bookshop Events — San Antonio
Sat., Aug. 4th ~ 10:00-12:00 pm
Already in popular demand, Living Witness is filled with gorgeous photos that are worth more than a thousand words of history and legend. As you can imagine, this is a Twig favorite, being tree-related and all.
Tuesday, Aug. 7th ~ 4:30-5:30
Yara will be demonstrating her Brazilian culinary arts at Nao, the new demonstration kitchen at the CIA on the 7th also. To take advantage of her presence, The Twig hosts a signing for her. Call ahead to reserve a book for yourself.
Authored by master chef Yara Castro Roberts-the first Brazilian chef to write about Brazilian cuisine in English. She gives an intimate look at the regions of Minas Gerais, the Amazon, the Cerado, and Bahia from a food perspective, not only introducing one hundred delicious recipes but also providing an in-depth cultural lesson on the regions and their unique foods. The Brazilian Table also features photography by Richard Barclay Roberts.
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