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Mayor's Book Club Reading: Ben Fountain and Sarah Bird

Mayor Lee Leffingwell welcomes author Ben Fountain, who will read from his book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, followed by a conversation with Sarah Bird, author of The Gap Year. Bo


AFS Presents: The Screenplay Workshop's Story Structure Seminar

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre

Get your screenplay idea out of the coffee shop and get into this three-hour intensive course with successful script doctor Jill Chamberlain, who will teach the noted "Nutshell technique"


peer support

Write By Night celebrates its second year as a place for writers to collaborate, socialize and network

By Joelle Pearson

In 2010, I returned to America to start writing freelance, full-time. I knew the life I was getting into — a local writer, Spike Gillespie, gave me some sage advice about it in college. &ldqu ...


new music now

The Awl introduces Awl Music, a streaming video site powered by Tumblr, curated by editors and friends

By Samantha Pitchel

I thought I couldn’t possibly love The Awl any more. I was wrong. The site, founded in 2008 by David Cho (formerly of College Humor and Radar, now at Grantland) and ex-Gawker writers Alex ...


fiction, fantasy and beyond

Literary journal Unstuck finds truly fantastic writing that embraces the surreal

By Samantha Pitchel

It’s easy to get distracted by labels, especially in the literary world. Classifications of “chick lit” or “historical romance” can kill an otherwise brilliant work&rs ...


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How to become a successful blogger without getting naked: A self-help list

By Lauren Modery

I love reading internet self-help lists. Lists that tell you how to balance your life, lists that tell you how to follow your dreams, lists that tell you how to be better at your job/art/money mana ...


Austin Film Festival

Jim Dauterive brings a Bob's Burgers Season Two sneak peek to Austin Film Festival this weekend

By Samantha Pitchel

Chances are, if you live in Texas and have ever mentioned it to someone outside the Lone Star State, you’ve been asked: “So, is it really like King of the Hill?” The answer, of co ...


local lit

Neal Pollack’s latest novel, Jewball, a return to fiction (and a self-publishing experiment) for the acclaimed author

By Samantha Pitchel

Neal Pollack is a busy man. Though he and his family recently relocated from Los Angeles to Austin, returning to the city they called home in the early 00s, he hasn’t has much time to relax a ...


forgotten dreams

Truth be Told: Women owning their past to find liberation in prison

By Shelley Seale

It was a sunny September day and I was behind locked doors, guards and barbed-wire fences, deep inside a work-release prison in Lockhart. Before me, woman after incarcerated woman was rising to sha ...


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