Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar

WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

How to Pick Your Publishing Pathway with Lana Castle 10/6

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

More featured Guest Blogs coming soon! Visit our page for more upcoming WLT Classes and Workshops.

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!

Workshops and Seminars

6th Annual Do the Write Thing Writing Workshop is coming August 2012 – Dallas

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 – Dallas

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. Seating is limited so don’t procrastinate. Hope to see you there!

Indie Film Financing & Worldwide Distribution Seminar – Dallas

Film Financing and Foreign Distribution: New Trends and Successful Formulas in the 2012 Market Place with James Ordonez

James Ordonez is an Executive Producer, Distributor, Financier, President, and partner of the International production and distribution company Tayrona Entertainment group.

Ordonez is currently behind thirty films in all budget ranges. His successful strategy has greenlighted over $470 million in production budgets in 2012 and 2013 budgets, as well as over $100 million in Latin American and domestic releases.

Topics that will be covered in the seminar will include: making your movie a reality; how to see real profits and get backend participation; the reality of equity, tax credits and presales; and why the old &traditional film financing models don’t work anymore.

It is $195 for the first 100 advance registration and $249 on the day of the event. For more information, visit their website.

Stopfakes.gov: An Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Seminar – Corpus Christi

August 17, 2012 ~8:00 am – 2:00 pm ~$40.00 (includes lunch and materials)

Ortiz Center ~ 402 Harbor Drive ~ Corpus Christi, TX 78401

It is difficult to overstate the value of intellectual property rights to innovation, investment and economic development. IPR protection and enforcement are critical to the success of U.S. businesses, including SMEs, and to the U.S. economy as a whole. STOPfakes.gov was launched to serve as a one-stop shop for U.S. Government tools and resources on intellectual property rights (IPR). The federal agencies behind STOPfakes.gov have developed a number of resources to educate and assist businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as consumers, government officials, and the general public. This informative program will feature presentations by intellectual property experts and law enforcement officials, followed by an open discussion with experts from industry and government. The program will end with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with experts.

For more information or to schedule your One-On-One Consultation contact Mike Rosales at Michael.Rosales@trade.gov or visit their website.

Austin Poetry Society Events

The Fourth Thursday Open Mic will happen on August 23rd, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the usual place, NeWorlDeli, 4101 Guadalupe. Featured will be Anyah Dishon, Samuel Kardec, Justin Wade Thompson, and Scott Vanya. The open mic follows. Host: Linda Marie Cossa. Come out and read for us. The APS Critique Group is taking a vacation this month, so Beth Kropf’s group will not meet again till the Second Saturday in September.

ART on 5th Gallery Two-Weekend Event – International Art Fair

Friday, August 17th, 2012 through the August 19th, 2012

Friday, August 25th, 2012 through the August 25th, 2012

All our most sought-after artists from our many trunk shows will be featured all at one time – for two full weekends in August! Don’t miss this chance to see the best of the best; amazing contemporary cityscapes and landscapes from Canada, textured abstract paintings from Mexico, and much more from a handful of our other great connections. Canvas and paper pieces will be available for purchase and home viewing; ask us about how to see this work in your home without even coming to the gallery! This is a great month to see fresh and exciting international artwork from a diverse group of artists from around the globe.

ART on 5th Gallery ~ 1501 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX 78703 ~ 512.481.1111

Fresh Arts Spacetaker and Fresh Arts Coalition Events – Houston

Second Saturday Open Studios at Winter Street Studios

Aug 11, 2012 ~ Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The artists of both Winter Street Studios and the new Spring Street Studios (located at 1824 Spring Street, just four blocks North of Winter Street)- the largest group of working artists in the Houston area- invite the public to join them in their studios and workspaces the second Saturday of every month.

Come enjoy meeting our welcoming group of artists at Winter Street Studios and Spring Street Studios, browse their work, and bring your checkbook in case you find the next piece for your collection!

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://www.corypoakes@gmail.com

RSVP to residentservices.wildflower@dmacompanies.com

Wildflower Terrace Apartments 3801 Berkman Drive (Corner of Manor Road and Berkman) Austin 78723

Artist SPEAKeasy with Lisa Chow and Y. E. Torres

Aug 15, 2012 ~ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

August’s Fresh Arts Artist SPEAKeasy features Lisa Chow and Y. E. Torres (ms. YET), who will discuss the extensive collaboration behind their current joint exhibition in the Fresh Arts gallery, Once there was, once there wasn’t: Two tales from the minds of Lisa Chow & Y. E. Torres.

About Lisa Chow:

A native Houstonian and self-taught artist, Lisa Chow graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While working in information technology, she slowly started showing her art in local businesses and art markets. After a few years of unfulfilling corporate work and constant daydreams of becoming a ‘real’ artist, Lisa finally made the leap to pursue art full-time. Now, Lisa’s work can be found in private collections all over the world and her clients stretch from musicians to the technology industry.

About Y. E. Torres:

Y. E. Torres (ms. YET) is a contemporary bellydancer, multidisciplinary visual and performance artist, costume designer, model, curator, teacher, muse, a FESTIVE EXHIBITION OF DEVIANCE & SWEETNESS and a very Bad Unicorn.

For more information and more upcoming Art on Tap Events click here.

The Wittliff Collections – San Marcos

Fall 2012 Exhibitions + Events

Furthering the cultural legacy of the region’s literary and photographic arts and fostering “the spirit of place” in the wider world, THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS welcome visitors, tours, and classes, host readings, book signings, artist talks, and other events, assist researchers, and present changing exhibitions from their archival repositories in over 6,600 square feet of viewing space. Located on the top floor of the Alkek Library at Texas State University in San Marcos. Admission is free.

JULY 6 – AUGUST 29, 2012

FROM UNCERTAIN TO BLUE: Photographs by Keith Carter

Alkek Library / First Floor — open regular library hours

In the 1980s, Keith Carter and his wife, Patricia, visited over 100 small Texas towns with intriguing names like Diddy Waw Diddy, Paradise, and Mount Calm. Keith’s method was simple and practical: one town, one photograph. Although he would take several rolls of film in each place, Keith selected only one representative image to print then titled the photographs with the names of the small towns. Thirteen images from this series—plus the road map the Carters used to chart their project — are on display from the Wittliff Collections’ major holding of Keith Carter’s work. Texas Monthly Press published From Uncertain to Blue in 1988, and 23 years later the University of Texas Press published a new version with field notes from Patricia Carter. Pat’s notes are included in this exhibition, which is installed on the first floor of Texas State’s Alkek Library.

For information on more upcoming exhibitions, click here.

Thanks for reading the Friday Filler this week. Be sure to let us know how the events went on our Facebook. Have a great weekend!
-WLT

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