2019 In-Person 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.

For online classes, click here.

 

Spring 2019 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 2019, we want to highlight classes that are working together with two class packages focusing on the craft of fiction and revision/editing.

Everyone who purchases a class package will receive a complimentary online class, a $49 value, good for one online class registration between January 1, 2019 and June 31, 2019. Each package will be available for purchase until the Thursday before the first scheduled class. Each class will also be available for individual purchase.

 

Fiction Essentials Package

Includes three classes at the normal member rate of $49/class (or $147 total)

"Whose Story Is It? Playing with Point of View" with Stephanie Noll
Saturday, January 19, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"That's Easy For You to Say: Writing Effective Dialogue" with David Eric Tomlinson
Saturday, February 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"Strengthening Characters By Revealing Their Hidden Truths" with Rene S. Perez II
Saturday, February 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

 

Revision and Editing Essentials Package

"Crafting Openings That Will Hook Readers" with Lindsey lane
Saturday, January 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"First Draft to Best Draft: Revising Like a Professional" with Katherine Catmull
Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"Ten Steps to a Leaner, Cleaner, Meaner Manuscript" with Tex Thompson
Saturday, May 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"Sparkling Sentences and Glitzy Grammar" with Tex Thompson
Saturday, May 25, 2019
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

 



Spring 2019 Schedule:

 

Whose Story Is It? Playing with Point of View

with Stephanie Noll
Saturday, January 29, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Do you want to explore options for tone, style, and structure that are possible with different points of view?

 

Crafting Openings That Will Hook Readers

with Lindsey Lane
Saturday, January 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 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)?

 

That's Easy for You to Say: Writing Effective Dialogue

with David Eric Tomlinson
Saturday, February 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to learn to use twitter as a writer--not just to promote yourself but to engage in the literary community?

 

How to Make Twitter a Writer's Best Friend

with Richard Santos
Saturday, February 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Do you want to increase tension (and improve almost every area of storytelling) with better dialogue?

 
Strengthening Characters By Revealing Hidden Truths

with Rene S. Perez II
Saturday, February 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to give your scenes and pivotal moments more punch?

 

First Draft to Best Draft: Revising Like a Professional

with Katherine Catmull
Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

No matter what shape your first draft is in, learning how professional writers and editors revise will make your draft the best it can be.

 

Book Marketing and Publicity 101

with Colleen Devine Ellis
Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Do you want a thorough understanding of the book promotion process from the point of view of publishers and media, plus information and a template to start your own publicity and marketing planning?

 

Structure in Narrative Nonfiction: Putting the Pieces Together

with Michael Hall
Saturday, April 13, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

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

 
Adapting and Learning from Classic Literary Narratives

with Jess Hagemann
Saturday, May 4, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Are you thinking of writing a literary adaptation? Or do you want to use a classic work as a model for something new?

 

Ten Steps to a Leaner, Cleaner, Meaner Manuscript

with Tex Thompson
Saturday, May 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Learn editing strategies for making your finished draft as tight and gripping as it can be.

 

Sparkling Sentences and Glitzy Grammar

with Tex Thompson
Saturday, May 25, 2019
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Finally--a chance to learn grammar in a way that is practical and memorable.

 

 

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