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Opportunity knocks.

With the new year still shiny and unsullied, the time seems ripe for an update on ways to complete the aspiring writer portion of your resolution checklist. We begin, appropriately enough, with the Writers' League of Texas, which offers a slew of opportunities, including an Advanced Short Story Workshop with Karen Stolz, which meets Wednesdays from Jan. 14 through March 3, 10am to noon, in the Writers' League classroom. Cost for members is $185, while nonmembers must come up with a cool $230. It'll be worth it: Stolz boasts two novels and nationally published short stories, so she knows a thing or two about a thing or two. Call 499-8914 or visit www.writersleague.org for the specs... The application deadline for the 2004-05 Dobie Paisano Fellowships is Jan. 30. Applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements: must be a native Texan, must have lived in Texas for at least two years, or must have published writing that has a Texas subject. Visit www.utexas.edu/ogs/Paisano/info.html or e-mail Dr. Audrey N. Slate, director, at aslate@mail.utexas.edu for more information... BookPeople's Local Author Bookfair is Saturday, Jan. 10, 2-5pm. Participating are Kaye Abikhaled (Childhood in the Third Reich), Ricardo Acevedo (Sonambulo), Ja Adams (Chameleon), Suzy Banks (Rainwater Collection for the Mechanically Challenged), Aimee Cooper (Coloring Outside the Lines: A Punk Rock Memoir), Marjorie L. Coppock (Wrestling With Angels), LaNelle Ford (Overcoming Depression), Jan Guest (The Unexpected Guest), Martha Iglehart (Mama Jimmie's Lessons From the Heart), and Don Klein (Not as a Victim)... BookPeople is also where the 12th annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest winners will be announced and feted, right after being chosen by confirmed judges Sarah Bird, Scott Blackwood, Stephen Harrigan, and Dao Strom. Finally: Three days before BookPeople has him for a reading, the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown hosts Hustler Days author Jake Dyer on Saturday, Jan. 10, 7pm, for a screening of -- you guessed it -- The Hustler. See p.43 for an interview with the author.

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