September 12: Authors LIVE! returns with infantry veteran and Pulitzer Prize winner C.J. Chivers' The Fighters, 7 p.m., in Wesley Hall of Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 E. Mockingbird Land, Dallas. The series continues October 29 and December 6. All presentations are free, or register for an author’s reception beforehand for $30. See the site for additional information.
September 21-22: Conference of the North Texas Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 14315 Midway Roads, Addison. Agents and editors, award-winning authors and illustrators. New this year: critique round table and first pages contest for picture book, middle grade and young adult. Tickets $200 for SCBWI member, $225 for nonmembers.
October 5-6: Roanoke Writers Conference returns to the Roanoke Public Library, 308. S. Walnut Street, Roanoke, Texas, with multiple craft sessions plus flash fiction writing contests for adults and teens. Two-day tickets $55 for adults, $40 for teens; Saturday only (October 6) $35 adults, $20 for teens.
October 17: DFW Writers Bloc, October 17, 2-4 p.m., features Liese Sheerwood-Fabre, on the art and marketing of short stories, in Dallas Public Library’s Laurie Evans Studio (3rd floor). Free, but reserve a seat through the website.
October 20: Houston Writers Guild's Indiepalooza returns 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Rice University and kickoff-social October 19 at Hotel Ylem. New this year – sessions on songwriting and screenwriting. See the site for details and registration.
Still to come – Writers League of Texas 2019 manuscript contest, with information probably available in October.
And – Save the date – October 31- November 3, 2019, for mystery convention Bouchercon, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in Dallas Halloween weekend, October 31-November 3, 2019. Guests of honor include James Patterson, Dallas-area author Deborah Crombie, and more. Registration $150 through the end of 2018, $175 in 2019. See the site for much, much more information.