2018 Classes & Workshops

 

Writers' League of Texas Classes and Workshops feature a variety of topics taught by outstanding instructors. Open to members and nonmembers, our classes offer something of interest for all writers - from novice to professional.

Check out the list below and click on the title to register. Information about registration, discounts, terms and conditions, and refunds can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

 

Spring 2018 Class Packages:

Each spring and fall, we plan a "semester" of classes with the idea that there are qualities of good writing that we all continually strive to achieve. In 2018, we want to highlight classes that are working together with three class packages focusing on the writing process, fiction craft essentials, and memoir craft essentials.

Each package includes three classes at the normal member rate of $49/class (or $147 total), plus everyone who purchases a class package will receive a complimentary online class, a $49 value, good for one online class registration between January 1 and July 1, 2018. Each package will be available for purchase until the Thursday before the first scheduled class. Each class will also be available for individual purchase.

 

 

Narrative Process Package

"Break through Writer's Block and Reinvigorate Your Manuscript" with Jardine Libaire
Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"Write Before You Write: The Steps to Take Before You Draft" with Jennifer Ziegler
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"Layering: A Structured Approach to Revision" with Chaitali Sen
Saturday, March 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

 

Craft Essentials: Fiction Package

"Crafting Story Openings that Will Capture Readers" with Lindsey Lane
Saturday, January 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

 

"Giving Your Manuscript a Voice with Dialogue" with Natalia Sylvester
Saturday, February 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"Pacing the Plot of Your Novel or Short Story" with John Pipkin
Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

 

Craft Essentials: Memoir Package

"Finding a More Natural Structure for Memoir" with Rachel Starnes
Saturday, February 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"Crafting Prose for Memoirs that Brings Your Memories to Life" with Katherine Catmull
Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

 

"Conceiving and Structuring Personal Essays" with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
Saturday, May 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

 

 



Complete Spring 2018 Schedule:

 

Break through Writer's Block and Reinvigorate Your Manuscript

with Jardine Libaire
Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Are you struggling to find a structure that works for chapters or pieces within your novel?
Do you feel trapped by the minute-to-minute movement of time in your scenes?

 

Crafting Story Openings that Will Capture Readers

with Lindsey Lane
Saturday, January 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to write an opening that makes the reader lean in, stay seated and not move until they reach the end of your story (or first chapter)?

 

The 3-Act Structure

with Carolyn Cohagan
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Do you have a great plot idea, but you're stuck after page fifty? Are you in love with your characters, but they seem to just sit there?

 
The Online Suite: Websites, Blogs, and Social Media for Authors

with Stephanie Barko
Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to learn the nuts and bolts of author promotion? 

 
Write Before You Write: Steps to Take Before You Draft

with Jennifer Ziegler
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Do you ever start a manuscript and end up lost in your own story or know your plot but still find that your writing is blocked?

 

Finding a More Natural Structure for Memoir

with Rachel Starnes
Saturday, February 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

What if your memoir doesn't follow the narrative path of the Hero's Journey?  

 

Giving Your Manuscript a Voice with Dialogue

with Natalia Sylvester
Saturday, February 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to write dialogue that's as captivating as the irresistible conversation happening next to you at the coffee shop?

 

Layering: A Structured Approach to Revision

with Chaitali Sen
Saturday, March 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to learn an approach to revision that will allow you to see what your book is missing without getting overwhelmed?

 

Scrivener for Newbies: The Program Writers Rave About

with Katherine Catmull
Saturday, March 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to make the most of the writing software designed to help organize your book-length manuscript?
 

The Self-Publishing Go Bag: What You Need to Know to Get Started

with Lori Ryan
Saturday, March 24, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to learn the essentials to self-publishing on all major platforms?
 

Crafting Prose for Memoirs that Brings Your Memories to Life

with Katherine Catmull
Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Have readers said that your story feels flat? If it's a memoir, do you find yourself saying to yourself, "You just had to be there?"

 

Structure in Narrative Nonfiction: Putting the Pieces Together

with Michael Hall
Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to learn longform nonfiction structure from one of the best magazine writers in Texas?

 

Historical Fiction 101: Mastering Research and Drama

with James L. Haley
Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to turn historical details into riveting drama?

 

Pacing the Plot of Your Novel or Short Story

with John Pipkin
Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Does your story move to fast or too slow—or both at different times?
 

Conceiving and Structuring Personal Essays

with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
Saturday, May 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to learn the structure that newspaper, magazine, and website editors are looking for?

Classes are added periodically, so check back often for updates. Announcements will also be sent to members through the League's Footnotes e-newsletter and by e-mail. Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are open to the public.

 

Registration

Click on the course title to register online with a credit card during the online registration period. For more information, call 512-499-8914. Please scroll down for information on mail-in and walk-up registration.

If you have a disability that requires access accommodations and you wish to attend one of our workshops or classes, please contact the WLT office at least one week prior to the program date.

 
Terms and Conditions

ONLY ticket-holders will be allowed in class. Each ticket is for one person only. No family members, friends, or pets may accompany unless cleared by both WLT staff and the instructor. Ticket-holders must be 18 or over. Some exceptions can be made, but please contact WLT before making a purchase.

Instructors have the right to maintain a class environment necessary for instruction, and registrants may be asked to leave if they continually disrupt the learning atmosphere.

By purchasing a ticket you agree to abide by our registration and refund policies -- as well as all other stated terms and conditions of Writers' League and those of the class venue. Questions? Please contact us via email at wlt@writersleague.org or by phone at 512-499-8914.

 

Walk-Up Registration

NOTICE: If you wish to attend a class, yet online registration has closed, you may arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time on the day of class, unless the class has sold out. Subject to availability and $10 added to class price. Please pay by check or money order. 

 

Registration by Mail

If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

 

Refund Policy

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.
 

Discounts on Workshops

Our classes, workshops, and conferences are open to the public, but members receive special discounts. To join the League, visit the membership page. Discounts vary depending upon the cost of the class, workshop, retreat or conference, yet the bottom line is "you can pay for your membership via the savings offered."

 

Class Location and Parking

For classes held at St. Edward's University, click here.

For classes held at ACC's Highland Campus, click here.

For classes held at ACC's Riverside Campus, click here.

 


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 

 

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to  www.arts.texas.gov.

 

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

 

The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit www.stedwards.edu.

 

 


The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank Austin Community College for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit
www.austincc.edu