North Texas literary events increase as the weather warms up. Even more have popped up since I blogged earlier this year about spring events, workshops and contests, so here’s a spring-fresh roundup!
April 1: Brush up on your dialogue-writing skills at the Writers Guild of Texas Spring Workshop, The Language of Dialogue: How to use your characters’ voices to amp up your story. 9 a.m. – noon, at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Road, in Richardson, Texas. Texas writers Melissa DeCarlo (The Art of Crash Landing) and Rosemary Clement-Moore (Texas Gothic, and more) provide a crash course in effective dialogue for fiction. Cost: $35, $25 for WGT members. Register here.
April 1-May 15: Carve Magazine’s annual Raymond Carver Short Story Contest offers $2500 in prizes for literary fiction. Cost: $15 by mail per story; $17 for online entries. Literary stories only, no genre fiction. This year’s guest judge is Pinckney Benedict (Dogs of God). Winning stories will be read by three literary agents. Mail entries to Carve Magazine/Raymond Carver Contest/PO Box 701510/Dallas, TX 75370. See the site for online entries and complete rules.
April 4-July 18: Dallas Arts and Letters Live continues, with children’s authors Erin and Philip C. Stead opening April events, April 4, 11:30 a.m., at the Dallas Museum of Art , 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, Texas. The Steads speak 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tickets $8, $5 for DMA members.
April 6: African Diaspora: New Dialogues with Tyehimba Jess. Award-winning poet Jess (leadbelly and Olio) speaks at two events: Richland Literary Festival, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Road, Dallas, Texas from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; and 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas, Texas, sponsored by Wordspace. See the site for details.
April 8: WORDfest, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This one day, all-you-can-meet festival of writers groups from across North Texas, was originally scheduled for March, but postponed due to technical difficulties at the venue. Luckily, the delay allowed for even more writers groups, classes, and programming to be added. At Tarrant County College’s Northeast Campus, Student Union Building, 828 N. Harwood, Hurst, Texas. It’s free, but register here to secure a place.
April 15: North Texas Book Festival, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St., Denton, Texas. Meet dozens of Texas authors at this free festival, and hear guest speaker Nancy Churnin, author of The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game. Free. See the site or the festival's Facebook for additional information.
April 29: Dallas Book Festival, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., shares headline authors with both the Dallas Festival of Ideas and the Dallas Museum of Art’s Arts and Letters Live. Top authors will give TED-style presentations at Dallas City Hall, then cross the street for Q&A sessions at the Dallas Public Library’s Central Branch, 1515 Young St., Dallas. See the site for details. The events are free, but at last year’s festival, the library’s parking garage was reserved for authors and presenters. Prepare to park offsite, or take public transportation.
I’m still awaiting word on the 2017 Big D Reads programs for April, and the short story and young authors writing contests for the 2017 FenCon science fiction/fantasy convention, which should be open. I’ll post those separately as they become available.