WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS

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  2005 Schedule of Classes, Workshops, Retreats, and Special Events
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June 10-12 WRITING DIALOGUE RETREAT with Dr. Raymond Carver

July 9 THE WRITER SPEAKS with Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, Ph.D.

July 15-17 THE WRITER'S JOURNEY with Christopher Vogler

July 16 THE USES AND ABUSES OF HUMOR (in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, metaphor, metaphysics, marriage, funerals, weddings, political campaigns, raves and riots) with Robert Flynn

July 30 MOONLIGHTING AS A FREELANCE WRITER with Mike Cox

August 6 GOTTA KNOW WHEN TO SHOW - AND HOW TO DO IT with Joan Upton Hall

RETREATS ACROSS TEXAS

Please note, for all retreats -- food, travel and lodging are not included. Retreat participants should book their own accomodations in advance. Come meet writers from all over Texas and find what you share in common.
  WRITING DIALOGUE with Dr. Raymond Carver in Salado, TX
WHEN:
Friday-Sunday, June 10 - 13

COST:
$199 members
$244 nonmembers

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A retreat with Dr. Ramon Carver for writers of novels, screenplays, stage plays, short stories, and discursive texts. Spend a weekend at one of Salado’s idyllic B&Bs writing and revising scripts to be performed during the Judy & A. C. Greene Literary Festival by local talent.

Ramon Carver (Not the famous short story writer, but somebody else) is director and manager of the Greene Festival. He is a graduate of Paul Baker’s Baylor Theatre and the Yale School of Drama where his play, Take Care Y’self was produced, winning the Samuel French National Playwriting Award. His plays have been produced Off-Broadway, Ain’t Nobody Loves You Like a Mama but Your Mama Till She Dies, and in Los Angeles, Catch As Catch Can, San Francisco, A Little Love & Affection, Salado, How to Write Your Own Obit, and elsewhere. He’s also a performer and he’s played Peoria. Carver has directed events produced at Washington’s Kennedy Center, and he staged six student-original full-length plays which were presented at regional festivals for the American College Theatre Festival. He taught at Angelo State University for over 30 years as resident playwright and director of the University Theatre, winning the first annual "Best in the State" award from the Texas Arts Alliance. At present and for the past ten years, he has resided with Barbara Pemberton in Salado where he directs for the Living Room Theatre, producing original scripts exclusively.

Retreat will be held in Salado Texas.
  THE WRITER'S JOURNEY with Christopher Vogler in Marfa, TX
WHEN:
Friday-Sunday, July 15-17

CLASS LIMIT: 15
Please register by July 1

COST:
$199 members
$244 nonmembers

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Christopher Vogler, author of the best-selling book, THE WRITER'S JOURNEY, has been a story analyst and consultant for major Hollywood studios for over 15 years, as well as a development executive, producer and screenwriter at 20th Century Fox. He will share his knowledge of powerful story telling in the town made famous by the classic movie, GIANT. Attendees will stay at Marfa's newly restored Paisano Hotel where Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean lived during the filming.

Vogler's story consulting credits include such top-grossing feature films as THE LION KING, THE THIN RED LINE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, and many more. He writes, “Stories come from deep places. Our idea of storytelling is imbedded in the swirling currents of myths and human psychology, and they have much to tell us about how to structure our stories and give depth to our characters. You’ll learn the patterns that give our stories mythic resonance and power and how to write multi-dimensional characters at this retreat.”

Retreat will be held at the Hotel Paisano. Please contact them directly to make your overnight reservations.

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

All classes are held at WLT, 1501 W. 5th Street, Ste. E-2, Austin, TX unless otherwise stated.
  THE WRITER SPEAKS with JUDY MATETZSCHK-CAMPBELL, Ph.D.
WHEN:
Saturday, July 9
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

CLASS LIMIT: 15
Please register by April 29

COST:
$45 members
$90 nonmembers

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Now that your book is published (or is about to be published), you suddenly find yourself thrown into the world of SPEAKING! You are entering the next critical phase of your book?s life, the SELLING PHASE. You find that your publisher and/or publicist is arranging book signings and public events built around your book and you must TALK TO STRANGERS. Never fear! With some preparation and coaching, you can set out to these events with confidence and poise. This workshop will help prepare you to speak in public about your book and give you the input and practice you need to talk about your book like the professional writer that you are. The course includes examples from effective author-speakers and will help you develop a template for your own 15 to 20 minute presentation. The class will incorporate hands-on exercises designed to help you craft the foundation for your public engagements. Judy Matetzschk has over ten years of experience in stage direction and as a public speaking coach. Matetzschk has taught college level theatre and speaking courses at UT/Austin, Concordia University, and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Judy is the Producing Artistic Director of Pollyanna Theatre Company, Central Texas? Family Theatre.

When Judy taught previously for the League, students highly endorsed the class:
"Speaker was engaging -- held my attention. Content was specific and what I wanted. Very helpful."
"The Adlerian approach to teaching -- encouraging -- challenging."
"Lively, humorous. Good information."
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  THE USES AND ABUSES OF HUMOR (in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, metaphor, metaphysics, marriage, funerals, weddings, political campaigns, raves and riots) with ROBERT FLYNN
WHEN:
Saturday, July 16
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

CLASS LIMIT: 11
Please register by July 8

COST:
$90 members
$135 nonmembers

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The workshop will focus on exercises exemplifying the uses, dangers, characteristics, techniques and voices of humor, especially comedy, satire and sarcasm. Students will be expected to read their exercises aloud.

Robert Flynn is a native of Chillicothe, Texas, the best known Chillicothe outside of Ohio, Missouri and Illinois, despite its size. Chillicothe is so small there's only one Baptist Church. Chillicothe is so small you have to go to Quanah to have a coincidence. Chillicothe is fairly bursting with truth and beauty and at an early age Flynn set out to find it, discarding along the way seven novels: North To Yesterday; In the House of the Lord; The Sounds of Rescue, The Signs of Hope; Wanderer Springs, The Last Klick, The Devils Tiger, co-authored with the late Dan Klepper, and Tie-Fast Country; a dramatic adaptation of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, a two-part documentary, "A Cowboy Legacy," shown on ABC-TV, a nonfiction narrative, A Personal War in Vietnam, an oral history When I Was Just Your Age, three story collections, Seasonal Rain, Living With The Hyenas, Slouching Toward Zion and a collection of essays, Growing Up a Sullen Baptist. He also contributes to "The Door: The World's Pretty Much Only Magazine of Religious Satire."

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  MOONLIGHTING AS A FREELANCE WRITER with MIKE COX
WHEN:
Saturday, July 30
9 a.m. - Noon.

CLASS LIMIT: 25
Please register by July 26

COST:
$45 members
$90 nonmembers

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Mike Cox can't argue with the old saw that if you want to be a successful freelance writer, "don't quit your day job." But at his workshop he'll demonstrate that it is possible to serve two masters, your day job boss and yourself.

Specifically, he'll be offering a suggested freelance blueprint, the 10 most important writing lessons he's learned during his long career, some suggested philosophies for the writing life and case studies of some of his books and articles. In those, he'll walk participants through the process that worked for him, from idea to successful sale.

Mike Cox got his first freelance check ($35) for a magazine article when he was in the ninth grade. He's been getting checks ever since. Never enough, but he says he'd probably be a lot poorer than he is if he hadn't been moonlighting all these years. He'll share some of what he's learned as a writer over the last 40 years, including the importance of having a broad definition for the term "freelance writer." Cox, an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters, is the author of 11 Texas-related, non-fiction books with two others currently under contract, including a one-volume history of the Texas Rangers from Spanish times to date. A former award-winning journalist for the Austin American-Statesman and other Texas newspapers, Cox spent more than 15 years as spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, handling media interviews at the scene of some of the biggest news events in recent Texas history.

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  GOTTA KNOW WHEN TO SHOW - AND HOW TO DO IT with JOAN UPTON HALL
WHEN:
Saturday, August 6
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

CLASS LIMIT: 25
Please register by August 1st

COST:
$90 members
$135 nonmembers

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If you never again want to hear an editor tell you, "Show! Don't tell!" this is the workshop for you. Find out what the heck that demand means. Let freelance editor and novelist, Joan Hall, give you the tools you need to resuscitate a lifeless piece of prose into a story your reader can't put down.

Techniques discussed-and SHOWED with before and after examples-will include choice of a viewpoint character, images that involve the reader, description/ exposition, dialogue/ action, and finding the right starting point. Also Joan will show how to make each element do double and triple duty, and as a bonus, she'll TELL you her top three self-editing tricks.

Come prepared to write and revise.

(2-weeks before workshop) If you'd like a free individual critique, send Joan two pages of your beginning, to be returned at the workshop. If you don't mail this, at least bring it to self-edit at the workshop. Be sure your name is at the top of both pages; 1-inch margins all around; doublespaced; 12-point Times, Times New Roman, or Courier font. Mail to: Show Piece, c/o Joan Hall, PO Box 179, Hutto, TX 78634.

Joan Upton Hall, a school teacher in a former life, is now a full-time writer. She operates a private freelance editing service, and her manual, Rx for Your Writing Ills, along with companion booklet 50 Writers' Tips, has helped hundreds of writers. Her "Demystifying Writers' Demons" column appears in several writer newsletters across the state, and she writes two monthly newspaper columns. Her first futuristic fantasy novel, Arturo el Rey, was published originally in 2003. Zumaya Publications, of Canada, then contracted with Joan to re-release this novel as the first in a trilogy titled Excalibur Regained, a new and suspenseful take on Arthurian Legend. Arturo el Rey was re-released in April, 2005, and its sequels will follow annually. Visit Joan's website: www.JoanUptonHall.com and respond to her blog: JoanUptonHall.com/bb.htm

This workshop is designed for both Fiction and creative nonfiction writers.

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