WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS

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  Calendar of Events
Inclusion in the list below does not assure endorsement, as the League cannot check all sources for legitimacy. We recommend you research each event, and contact the sponsor(s).

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FIRST MONDAYS, 7:30 PM (Seabrook)
POETRY READINGS - Poets needed. Seabrook Coffee Oasis, 4650 NASA Pkwy at Kirby in Arlan's Shopping Center. Open mic after the feature. MC: Mary Margaret Carlisle. March 7: Lynette Bowen, Allison Rutledge; April 4: John Gorman & the Professors; May 2: Glynn Monroe Irby, Lynne Craig; June 6: Sue Mayfield-Geiger, Leslie Kriewaldt; July 4: Celebrate the Red, White & Blue. For more information contact: Sol.Magazine@prodigy.net
TUESDAYS, 7–9 PM (Dallas)
Stone Soup Peer Workshops, Named a D MAGAZINE "Best Bet"!
—First and Third Tuesdays: Fiction and Mixed Genre -- creative nonfiction, playwriting, etc.
Second and Fourth Tuesdays: Poetry Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus – 6115 LaVista, at the Skillman and Live Oak intersection. First visit free, $3 per workshop thereafter.
http://www.luckydogbooks.com/papbakpl.html
WEDNESDAY'S, 7:30 PM (Austin)
Austin Poetry Slam
Ego's, 510 S. congress, Austin
For more information: 512-474-7091
Hosted by Mike Henry
Please visit: http://www.austinslam.com
WEDNESDAY'S, 11 AM (Austin)
Children's Event - Toddler Storytime
Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin
For more information: 512-418-1013
WEDNESDAY'S, 11 AM (Austin)
Children's Event - Storytime
Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin
For more information: 512-418-1013
WEDNESDAYS, 1:30-4:30 PM (Gruene)
Weekly Novel Writer's Workshop, in depth discussions of works in progress at the River House Tea Room in historic Gruene, TX. A relaxed social setting allows for deep focus on each writer's work with prolonged personal feedback and consideration of craft. The Workshop is free, but participants do buy drinks or food from Chef Carol Hill's excellent kitchen.
FIRST WEDNESDAY of Every Month (Austin)
7:30PM - 9:30PM @ The Crossings - FREE
"Book Study Conversation Club"
The Crossings, in collaboration with Wisdom at Work, a local non-profit dedicated to the spiritual well-being and personal fulfillment of individuals and their organizations, will host an open book study group to explore important and meaningful books in a conversation café format starting with Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future by Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers. Based on years of personal experience and extensive research by leaders in the field of systems and organizational change, this book offers a profound journey of discovery into our collective capacity for stillness and being present to the process of emergence. This book is available at The Crossings Bookstore with a 10% discount for participants. Everyone attending should be familiar with this book prior to the first meeting. All are welcome. http://www.thecrossingsaustin.com/events/index.html
THIRD WEDNESDAYS (Austin)
1st World Library, an Austin-based publisher and author services company, hosts an Author's Information Night on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at its offices in Suite 510 of the Bank One building just south of Anderson at Burnet. Additional details and directions are available at: http://www.1stworldlibrary.com/infonights.htm
THIRD THURSDAYS, 7:30 PM (Clear Lake City)
POETRY READINGS - Poets needed. Clear Lake City Coffee Oasis, 1606 Clear Lake City Blvd at El Camino Real. Open mic after the feature. MC: Julio Marquina Varela. February 17: Michael Jansen, Deseree Probasco; March 17: John Rice, Shelton Alsup; April 21: National Poetry Month Reading; May 19: Mary Kimmel, Animesh Chandra; June 16: Tom Levy. For more information contact: Sol.Magazine@prodigy.net

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MONDAY, April 25 (Austin)
Authors Clay Nichols and Troy Lanier discuss their book “Pulling Off Your Shorts: Filmmaking for Teens” at 6pm, Barnes & Noble Westlake.
MONDAY, April 25, 7:30 PM (Dallas)
Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Mermaid Chair, The Secret Life of Bees, and more, will be at the First Presbyterian Church (408 Park Ave., Downtown Dallas) as part of the Arts & Letters Live: A Literary Celebration Program, to read from and discuss her works, influences, and writing process. Tickets range from $20-25. For more information, visit the web site: http://DallasMuseumofArt.org. To order tickets, call 214.922.1220 or 214.922.1219, or visit the web site.
WEDNESDAY, April 27, 11:00 AM (Austin)
Arbor Day Storytime, Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum, free. For more info. call (512) 418.1013.
WEDNESDAY, April 27, 7:00 PM (Austin)
Women's Book Group discusses Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum, free. For more info. call: (512) 418.1013.
WEDNESDAY, April 27 (Austin)
Readers discuss “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie” and the movie based on the book, “Smoke Signals,”
7:30pm, Barnes & Noble Westlake.
WEDNESDAY, April 27 (Austin)
Texas Monthly author Jonathan Safran Foer will be here with his latest work, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close at 7pm, Bookpeople.
THURSDAY, April 28 (Austin)
The Travis Audubon Society's Nature Book Group discusses The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner, 7pm, Bookpeople.
THURSDAY, April 28, 7:30 PM (Austin)
David Oshinsky discusses and signs his historic account Polio: An American Story. Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum, free. For more info. call (512) 418.1013.
THURSDAY, April 28, 6 - 9 PM (Austin)
Copyright Clearance Center’s Author & Creator Relations team is proud to present Beyond the Book - Austin, the latest in our ongoing conference series on the business of writing and publishing, to be held at the Texas Memorial Museum at the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday, April 28, 6 to 8 p.m. (with cocktail reception to follow).

The following have agreed to join the panel: Grammy-winning author Elijah Wald, co-author with Dave Van Ronk of the memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street to be published by Perseus Books in April 2005; Jan Reid, author of The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, and a founding contributor and writer-at-large for Texas Monthly. A new edition of Redneck Rock is being published this spring by University of Texas Press; Robert Cochran, author of Our Own Sweet Sounds – A Celebration of Popular Music in Arkansas (University of Arkansas Press, March 2005), and who is considered that state’s “leading folklorist;" Jerma Jackson, author of Singing In My Soul: Black Gospel Music in a Secular Age (University of North Carolina Press, Spring 2004), and associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

$25.00 conference fee [ WAIVED for members of the Writers' League of Texas] includes conference admission and post-conference networking reception, 8:00-9:00pm. You can register to attend by visiting our Web site at www.copyright.com/BeyondTheBook, calling us toll-free at 800-982-3887, ext 2420, or emailing BeyondTheBook@copyright.com. Please mention an affiliation with The Writers’ League of Texas.
SATURDAY, April 30 (Austin)
Catherine Cogburn of Story Circle Network will lead a workshop on "Realizing Deeper Meaning from Your Reading," specifically geared toward women with stories to tell. Free and open to the public, but please phone 328-3652 for reservations. Noon.
SATURDAY, April 30, Noon - 6 p.m. (Weatherford)
A special opportunity to meet your readers and sell your work! You are invited to participate in the “Books 'n Authors 'n All That Jazz III”! Hosted by The Office of External Affairs, Weatherford College, Weatherford, Texas, Alkek Fine Arts Center.Please join us! It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet and greet readers of your books; sign copies and sell your most recent works; and visit with your contemporaries in the literary world. You and the attendees - and we are expecting hundreds for this unique FREE event - will enjoy mixing and mingling with talented writers and interested readers and have the opportunity to hear masterful musical selections by the accomplished musicians in our renowned jazz program. Those of you who have participated in our first two events may recall we had a good turnout and had a lot of fun, too. We think this year’s event – on a Saturday, during our city’s monthly First Monday Trade Days weekend - will be even more successful! BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND THIS YEAR: We will offer writing/publishing workshops in the morning, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and then allow workshop attendees about a half-hour “head-start” with all the authors ahead of the general public’s access at noon. I am in the process now of setting up these workshops with a couple of you authors! Last year, it was standing room only for these popular workshops. Our format will be simple for the book sales and signings: we will provide ample space at a skirted table for you to display your books; a chair and a Sharpie pen; signage with your name in large, bold print; and access to electric outlets if needed, in Texas Hall in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center. You need only to provide an adequate supply of your books and any supplies you require to display your books and to complete sales. (If participation is good, and to avoid too much crowding, we may “spread out” to three of the large classrooms in the building or even into the theatre in order to give everyone ample space.) We are truly excited about the opportunity to have authors of your caliber visit our college and provide our community the opportunity to meet you and buy your books “up close and personal.” Remember, this is a free event for the public and for you. It’s certainly a “win-win” situation for all involved, and we are hopeful you will agree and want to participate. (The only thing we ask of you is a donation of one or more of your books - personally autographed, of course - for our college library.) We would appreciate your response no later than Friday, March 25, 2005. Please pass the word along to other authors you know who may be interested. Due to space availability and new fire code restrictions, I will need to limit participation to the first 40 who respond. And, then, with your permission, of course – we will use your name in publicity we have planned for the event, which includes both broadcast and print media ads, flyers distributed to various book clubs and libraries; and pitches to the literary editors at major and local publications. As time nears the event, we will arrange live interviews with our participants on local radio shows if you are agreeable and available. We have had a good time at our two previous “Books ‘n Authors ‘n All That Jazz,” and we learned a lot about how to make it better this year. We look forward to hearing from you soon. You can contact me by e-mail at lbagwell@wc.edu ; by phone at 817-598-6274. Also, I will need to obtain from you any special needs you may require and publicity information.
SATURDAY, April 30, 2:00 PM (Round Rock)
Talk and booksigning by Thom Lemmons, Round Rock author of King’s Ransom, at Barnes & Noble Round Rock, La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH 35 and 1325. Lemmons’ latest book tells the true story of how the King of Bulgaria saved the country’s 50,000 Jews from the Third Reich. Free. For more info., call (512) 600-0114.
SATURDAY, April 30 - SUNDAY, May 1 (Round Top)
The fourth annual Poetry at Round Top celebration will be held the weekend of April 30 and May 1, 2005, on the campus of the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas, between Houston and Austin. The program includes featured readings, workshops on writing and publishing, conversations and interviews with poets, a book fair, sessions for teachers, a musical concert, and guided or independent writing time on a magnificent campus of rolling woods, gardens, ponds, and restoration architecture. Speakers will include Marie Howe, Naomi Shihab Nye, Nick Flynn, Cyrus Cassells, Patty Speier, Rosemary Catacalos, Lee Robinson, and others. Tuition is $95, with housing and meals available on campus or at nearby inns. Campus housing is limited and early registration is recommended. Call, email, or visit the Web site for a registration and additional information. International Festival-Institute at Round Top, P.O. Box 89, Round Top, Texas 78954, (979) 249-3129. Jolene Wickel, registrar, email: info@festivalhill.org. Or visit: www.festivalhill.org
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SUNDAY, May 1, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Austin)
Book signing by Susie Flatau, author of Quotable Texas Women. Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley, 5601 Brodie Lane, Suite 300, free. For more info., call (512) 899-3370.
TUESDAY, May 3, 7:30 PM (Austin)
Vaughn Catuzzi discusses the book You Can Do, conceived by her sister Lauren Catuzzi Grandcola, Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum, free. For more info. call (512) 418.1013.
TUESDAY, May 3, 7:00 p.m. (Houston)
Menil Writers Reading: Join us for an evening of WITS writers reading their own work inspired by their teaching experience at The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Free Admission. http://www.writersintheschools.org
SATURDAY, May 7 (Austin)
The Great Hollywood Story Search will be in the Austin area on May 7. GHSS (which is set to become a reality series on Bravo) is a mentoring program based out of Hollywood, for writers and directors. GHSS will be in Austin for a film/ screenwriting seminar. There, you will have the opportunity to meet the brains (and respected industry leaders) behind GHSS. For all writers out there looking to break into the biz, I would like to invite you to check out www.greatstorysearch.com. The cost of the seminar is $109.00 for seniors, students and educators, and $149.00 for the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ron Bechtel at 888-898-1188.
SATURDAY, May 7 (Calvert)
My name is Nelson Collier and I am the Head King of The Pulpwood Queens/Timber Guys Book Club of Calvert, Texas. We are hosting a Children's/Young Adult Author Book Signing and Book Fair, Saturday, May 7th, 2005, at my home and business The Calvert Hotel, as part of the festivities for The Calvert Spring Tour of Homes. The event will be from 1pm--6pm and we are inviting all available children's/young adult authors, illustrators, and related vendors in South, Central, and North Texas. Thus far we have three authors and two vendors, and I would like to have more. We still have availability for over night guests at The Calvert Hotel that weekend. We also have an on site restaurant and styling salon. For other accommodations you may contact our Chamber of Commerce.For more information, please call me at 1-866-230-1266, (979) 364-2430, or (979) 575-8893.
SUNDAY, May 8, 2 p.m. (Austin)
They are responsible for at least 300 deaths by fire, bullet, poison, and some others so grisly they don't bear repeating. And they are not in jail, awaiting imminent arrest or trial, or even accused of any wrongdoing. Come meet these Texas mystery authors and let them tell you how they get their hooks in. Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter will sponsor the Texas Mystery Week Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event at 2 PM Sunday, May 8th, at the Westlake Barnes & Noble as part of Texas Mystery Week. Aspiring writers have been paired with Texas Mystery Week Mentor Authors who will discuss effective ways to begin a mystery novel. After their presentations to the group, each mentor author will meet individually with her/his mentee for personal feedback. Mentor authors include Susan Baker, Nancy Bell, Kathy Borich, Susan Rogers Cooper and Jan Grape. Barbara loved to inspire and help new writers, and her family and Sisters in Crime think this event is especially appropriate. This event is being supported by contributions to the Barbara Burnett Smith Memorial Fund. For more information please contact HOTSINC at 331-1820 or hotxsinc@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.hotxsinc.org . Contributions may be sent to Sarah Ann Robertson, Treasurer, Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, PO Box 49939, Austin, Texas 78765. 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 www.hotxsinc.org .
MONDAY - TUESDAY, May 9 & 10, 7:00 p.m. (Houston)
Young Writers Reading Series will feature WITS students reading their original poetry and prose. Poet Claudia Rankine, author of four collections of poetry, will offer words of inspiration and congratulations to the students. Place: The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. Free Admission. http://www.writersintheschools.org
WEDNESDAY, May 11, 7:30 PM (Austin)
Book signing and discussion with Michael Joseph Gross, author of Starstruck: When a Fan Gets Close to Fame . "Author will be giving away items from his personal autograph collection!" Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley, 5601 Brodie Lane, Suite 300, free. For more info., call (512) 899-3370.
FRIDAY, May 13, 7:30 PM (Dallas)
Anchee Min, author of Empress Orchid, Wild Ginger, Becoming Madame Mao, and more, will be at the Dallas Museum of Art as part of the Arts & Letters Live: A Literary Celebration Program, to read from and discuss her works, influences, and writing process. Tickets range from $15-25. For more information, visit the web site http://DallasMuseumofArt.org. To order tickets, call 214.922.1220 or 214.922.1219, or visit the web site.
May 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, and 21 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoons May 15 and 22 at 3:00 p.m. (Austin)
The Pollyanna Theatre Company presents "I Am Not the Woman I Was," based upon the stories of award-winning author Frances Nail, performed by Karen Kuykendall. Dramatized by Robyn Turner and Judy Matetzschk. ARTS ON REAL Theatre and Soundstage, 2826 Real St. This presentation brings together two of Austin’s most talented artists, Frances Nail and Karen Kuykendall. This production is appropriate for general audiences and family audiences with youth ages 12 and older. For Information and Reservations: 512/743-7966.
SATURDAY, May 14, 2:00 PM (Austin)
Barbara Beery demonstrates recipes from her children's cookbook Batter Up Kids: Delicious Desserts. Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum, free. For more info. call (512) 418.1013.
SUNDAY, May 15, 2:00 PM (Austin)
Maria Ivanka signs Silver Queen. Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum, free. For more info. call (512) 418.1013.
SATURDAY, May 21, 2:00 PM (Austin)
Laurie Moore, writing under the name Merry Hassell Frels, signs her latest Deuteronomy Devilrow Mystery, Simmering Secrets of Weeping Mary. Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum, free. For more info. call (512) 418.1013.
WEDNESDAY, May 25, 6:00 PM (Austin)
Clark Howard discusses and signs Clark Smart Parents, Clark Smart Kids: Teaching Kids of Every Age the Value of Money. Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum, free. For more info. call (512) 418.1013.
THURSDAY, May 31st, 7:30 PM (Austin)
David Buss discusses and signs The Murderer Next Door. Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum, free. For more info., call (512) 418.1013.

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FRIDAY - SUNDAY, June 3 – 5, 2005 (Houston)
Black Writer’s Conference
http://www.bpcoh.org/bwc
MONDAY, June 6 - Friday, June 24 (Austin)
Summer 2005 Creative Writing Camp, sponsored by Badgergod Literary Publishing.Camps run three weeks, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. Cost is $400, which includes 3 weeks of writing workshops, daily snacks, a journal, and a copy of the anthology. To reserve your spot (7, 8 and 9 graders), contact Stephanie Czarnota at stephanie.czarnota@badgerdog.org or write Badgerdog Summer Workshops, PO Box 301209, Austin, TX 78703.
FRIDAY - SUNDAY, June 10 -12 (Austin)
12th Annual Agents & Editors Conference, Austin's Omni Hotel Downtown. For more information go to:
http://www.writersleague.org
SUNDAY , June 12, 2005, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Dallas)
The Writer's Studio: Umberto Eco
Umberto Eco, best known for four bestselling novels, The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and Baudolino, is also a prominent literary critic and semiotician. His collections of essays include Five Moral Pieces, Kant and the Platypus, Serendipities, Travels in Hyperreality, and On Literature. His theories extend the use of semiotics to fiction and combine various genres, literary theory, medieval studies, mystery and biblical exegesis. The Name of the Rose has been translated into more than 16 languages and won two of Italy's main literary awards, the Premio Viareggio and the Premio Strega. Eco lives in Milan. www.writersgarret.org
FRIDAY - SATURDAY, June 17 - 18 (Houston)
Mystery Writers Annual Conference in Houston
Hardboiled Heroes and Cozy Cats 2005. June 17 & 18, 2005, Hotel Sofitel, Houston, TX. Sponsor: Mystery Writers of America/Southwest Region. Keynote Speaker: Agatha Award-winner Sarah Strohmeyer. Other speakers: Edgar Award-winner Joe R. Lansdale; Lefty Award-winner Susan McBride; Historical Mystery Novelist Laura Joh Rowland; and Derringer Award-winner Michael Bracken; Literary Agent Pamela Ahearn; NAL book editor Serena Jones. Saturday conference preceded by a half-day workshop on forensics art and facial reconstruction conducted by Andrea Campbell, who works with the Arkansas State Crime Lab. Short story contest, with optional critiques, $100 prize. Limited number of agent or editor interviews and pitches for writers with completed mystery manuscripts. More info and conference brochure at http://www.mwasw.org/conference.html or telephone the MWA/SW voicemail at 713-797-8464.
TUESDAY, June 21, 7:30 PM (Austin)
Melissa Bank will read and sign The Wonder Spot at Barnes & Noble Bookstore at the Arboreteum.
WEDNESDAY, June 23, 7 PM (Austin)
Women's Book Group will meet at Barnes & Noble Bookstore at the Arboreteum to discuss Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, by Maya Angelou.

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SUNDAY - SUNDAY, July 2-9, 2005 (Tuscany)
Author Linda Oatman High ( www.lindaoatmanhigh.com ) will teach a writing workshop in Tuscany! Join Linda on July 2-9, 2005, in Cortona, Italy for an instructional and inspirational workshop. Package prices include meals, accommodations, and tours. Discounts for registration before January 30th. Please see the following link for more info: http://hometown.aol.com/upcoevents/differentdrummerhomepage.html. Tel. 717-445-8246
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, July 22-24 (Grapevine)
The Literary Nonfiction Conference of the Southwest, sponsored by the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism, will be held at the Hilton Hotel and Ranch in Grapevine, Texas. It will be a weekend of workshops, lectures and panel discussions focusing on "The Art of Fact." Program participants include Norman Pearlstine (Editor-in-chief of Time, Inc); Susan Orlean (writer for The New Yorker magazine); Paul Hendrickson (National Book Critics Circle Award winner); and former President of the Brazos Writers and historian William T. Harper (author of ELEVEN DAYS IN HELL). For more information, contact George Getschow, PO Box 311460, Denton, TX 762003-1460 or e-mail getschow@unt.edu.
SUNDAY - SATURDAY, July 24-30 (Abiquiu, NM)
Greg Garrett (Austin) will be offering a week-long workshop on writing for social justice at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, July 24-30. "Writing for Peace and Justice" will use the writing of Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Desmond Tutu, and others as models to teach successful advocacy writing. Journalists, activists, ministry professionals, and anyone with a cause worth writing about will benefit. For more information, visit the Ghost Ranch website at www.ghostranch.org or see Greg's class description at http://www.ghostranch.org/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/43/products_id/168
MONDAY , July 11 - Friday, July 29 (Austin)
Summer 2005 Creative Writing Camp, sponsored by Badgergod Literary Publishing.Camps run three weeks, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. Cost is $400, which includes 3 weeks of writing workshops, daily snacks, a journal, and a copy of the anthology. To reserve your spot (7, 8 and 9 graders), contact Stephanie Czarnota at stephanie.czarnota@badgerdog.org or write Badgerdog Summer Workshops, PO Box 301209, Austin, TX 78703.
THURSDAY - SATURDAY, July 21 - 23 (Austin)
Screenwriters! The Best Little Pitchfest in Texas Online Registration is now open. Hit the link here: http://austinunbound.com/Pitchfest/blpt_2005.php and follow the directions to sign up. Remember: The roster fills up FAST, so register as quickly as possible if you plan to attend. This year the Best Little Pitchfest in Texas is at the Driskill Hotel ( http://www.driskillhotel.com ) in downtown Austin. The dates are July 21, 22, 23 2005. We have special rates - ask for "Pitchfest" rates if you'd like to stay in this awesome hotel! A list of attending guests will be available shortly. Hope to see you there!
FRIDAY, July 22 - SUNDAY, July 24 (Grapevine)
The Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest. Hosted by the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas: A Weekend of Workshops, Lectures and Panel Discussions Exploring “The Art of Narrative Storytelling.” Major cash prizes and a publishing contract will be awarded. Speakers include: Norman Pearlstine, editor-in-chief, Time Inc.; Susan Orlean, My Kind Of Place; Paul Hendrickson, Sons of Mississippi; ; Alex Kotlowitz, Never a City So Real; Ken Wells, The Wall Street Journal, Travels with Barley; Deanne Stillman, Twentynine Palms; Barry Newman, The Wall Street Journal; Cathy Booth Thomas, Dallas bureau chief, TIME magazine; Gary Lavergne, Bad Boy; William Harper, Eleven Days in Hell; and Bill Marvel, senior feature writer, The Dallas Morning News. For more information on the conference, go to http://mayborninstitute.unt.edu
July, 2005, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Dallas)
The Writer's Studio: Walter Mosley
Walter Mosley is the author of 19 critically acclaimed books, translated into 21 languages. In addition to his popular Easy Rawlins mysteries (Devil in a Blue Dress), Mosley has written literary fiction (RL's Dream; Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned; and Walkin' the Dog), science fiction, and nonfiction. In 2003, he was guest editor for The Best American Short Stories. Two novels have been filmed, including Jonathan Demme's Devil in a Blue Dress starring Denzel Washington, and Always Outnumbered with Laurence Fishburne. He has won the Anisfield Wolf Award, a Grammy (for work with Richard Pryor), a Sundance "Risktaker Award," and an O. Henry Award for his short fiction. www.writersgarret.org

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THURSDAY - MONDAY, September 29 - October 3, 2005 (Cozumel Cruise) Writers’ Workshop at Sea! Carnival’s FUN SHIP® Ecstasy. We have put the FUN into Fundraising!
Literacy Austin has teamed up with Make Your Bet Vacations! for a 4-day cruise to Cozumel exclusively targeted to writers, book lovers and book club members! A portion of each cruise fare will be donated to Literacy Austin. While onboard, there will be special workshops, guest speakers, autograph sessions, planned activities and much more! This special event will be great exposure for Texas authors! For more information, contact Make Your Bet Vacations! Go online to http://www.myb.com/promo/literacyaustin/ or call 512.231.0221.

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SATURDAY, October 1, 2005 (Edinburg)
South Texas Book Festival -- The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas. Join us for the inaugural South Texas Book Festival scheduled October 1, 2005 in Edinburg, Texas. The Book Festival will be part of the Univesity's Community Day, an event that has consistently brought in more than 25,000 visitors. Community Day features presentations, entertainment, exhibits, food vendors, and attracts the entire family for a wholesome day of learning and fun. If you would like more informatin about being an attendee, exhibitor or sponsor of the South Texas Book Fesival, please contact us at: South Texas Book Festival, Erica Reyes, ereyes@coserve.org or 1-888-432-4033.

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