2017 Summer Writing Workshop

Online registration for the 2017 Summer Writing Workshop is now closed. If you'd like to register, please call our offices at 512-499-8914.


Ever want to step away from the constant distractions of everyday life and spend a week with your fellow writers immersed in your craft and drawing inspiration from the literary community? Here's your chance.


This year, we'll host this gathering in Austin for the first time. Think of it as a staycation if you live in town - or a chance to experience the city's literary community firsthand if you're from outside ATX.

Kicking off with an evening orientation on Monday, August 14, the event includes five full days of classes (Tuesday through Saturday, August 15-19) and several special evening events throughout the week, designed to showcase some of Austin's great offerings and venues.

Each registrant selects the class they'll participate in (students stay in the same class for the duration of the event), choosing from six topics all taught by experienced instructors with winning credentials. Each class is capped at 20 registrants allowing for an intimate classroom experience with plenty of opportunities for students to ask questions, receive specific feedback, form lasting connections with fellow participants, and more. The classes are open to writers of all genres and categories and are appropriate for both beginners and more seasoned writers (note: this year, we have split our fiction class into two classes, beginner and intermediate).

Throughout the week, the Writers' League will host (or co-host with local partners) evening events open to all registrants. These offerings - including panel discussions, presentations, and readings - will take place at venues around Austin and will showcase the city's thriving literary (and arts) scene.


Registration does not include accomodations or meals. Attendees are responsible for their own housing. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Habitat Suites, a locally-owned hotel within walking distance to the ACC Highland campus where all of the classes will meet.

Find more details on reserving at the Habitat Suites HERE.

Registration will open soon. Check back here for additional details.



(Note: We are offering two fiction classes, one for writers looking to kickstart a new project ("The Fiction Hatchery") and one for experienced writers who are already far along with a project ("Fiction in Progress"). Please read the full descriptions and choose the class that matches your experience level. And, as always, reach out to us if you'd like some help deciding.)

"The Fiction Hatchery: Moving Ideas to the Page Through Characterization, Plot, Setting, and Theme" 
with Stacey Swann

"Fiction in Progress: Raising the Stakes for the Reader"
with Charlotte Gullick

"Capturing Real Life: Long-Form Narrative in a Short-Form World" 
with Michael Hall


"Discovering a Life: Finding the Truth Behind the Facts in Memoir" 
with Donna Johnson (and Kirk Wilson) 


"Making Meaning: Writing and Revising Poems That Help Us Understand the World" 
with Sasha West


"The Joy of Revision: Editing and Revising Your Manuscript for the Marketplace"
 with Carol Dawson

Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org or call 512-499-8914. 


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