WLT On the Craft of Writing

ReWriting History | Online Program

July 1, 2021 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Noted Texan writers combine forces to tell the story of the Alamo, dispelling the myths, exploring why they had their day for so long, and explaining why the fight about its meaning is now coming to a head.

Event Details

Co-presented with the Writers' League of Texas, ReWriting History welcomes authors Bryan Burrough and Chris Tomlinson for a talk about their book Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth and the craft of writing with Becka Oliver, Executive Director of The Writers' League of Texas. Hear the behind-the-scenes details on their work creating, “a zesty, journalistic, half history, half sendup about the battle of the Alamo and the myths that cling to it." The book's reexamination of an enduring icon of Texas pop history is sure to spark many interesting conversations across the state.

Program is FREE to the public.

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About the Authors

Bryan Burrough is the author of six books, including The Big Rich, Days of Rage, Public Enemies, and the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Barbarians at the Gate.

Chris Tomlinson is a columnist for the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News and the author of the New York Times bestselling Tomlinson Hill about his family's slave-owning history in Texas. From 1995-2007, he reported from more than 30 countries and nine wars for the Associated Press.

Jason Stanford is a writer whose bylines have appeared in Texas Monthly, the Austin-American Statesman, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, the Texas Tribune, and Texas Highways. The former communications director for Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Stanford previously worked as a political consultant and helped elect or re-elect more than 30 members of congress. He now publishes a weekly newsletter called The Experiment.


About Forget the Alamo

Every nation needs its creation myth, and since Texas was a nation before it was a state, it’s no surprise that its myths bite deep....Forget the Alamo provocatively explains the true story of the battle against the backdrop of Texas’s struggle for independence, then explores the process of myth-making in the Jim Crow era. As uncomfortable as it may be to hear, celebrating the Alamo has long had an echo of celebrating whiteness.

From the book:

On March 6, 1836, during what's been known for almost two centuries as the Texas Revolution, around two hundred men were killed by Mexican troops at an old Spanish church outside San Antonio known as the Alamo. On this we can agree. But after that, pretty much everything-who died, how they died, why they died, and what they represented-has been a topic of debate ever since.

About the Writers' League of Texas

The Writers’ League of Texas (WLT) is the largest literary arts organization in Texas, a statewide nonprofit offering programs and services to writers at all stages of their writing careers, from just getting started to publication and beyond.

Founded in 1981, the organization’s mission is to provide a forum for information, support, and sharing among writers; to help writers improve their craft and understand the business of publishing; to promote the interests of writers from diverse cultural, economic, sexual identity and orientation, ethnic, and religious backgrounds; and to elevate the art and enterprise of writing, including supporting and growing the Texas literary community at large.

Becka Oliver joined the WLT in September 2013 as Executive Director after more than sixteen years of experience working in book publishing. She spent much of her publishing career inside two of the “big five” publishing leaders – Macmillan and Hachette Book Group — licensing domestic and foreign rights on behalf of countless notable authors, including Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, and more. In 2007, she made the leap from Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at Grand Central Publishing to Literary Agent, first at Endeavor and then at William Morris Endeavor (WME) after the two powerhouse talent agencies merged. As a literary agent, Becka represented clients working in both fiction and nonfiction.

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Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, performances, and scholarship guests are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

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Zoom Information

This online program has automated closed captioning.

You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream.

For security and privacy purposes, attendees will not have video or audio capabilities. Questions will be moderated by Museum staff. Participants will not be allowed to send private messages or media in the livestream.

ReWriting History is co-presented with the Writers' League of Texas.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

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