2018 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.

 

Fall 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 September 1, 2018 and December 31, 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.

 

Creative Spark Package

"How to Create a Happy, Lazy (and Productive) Writing Practice" with Brittani Sonnenberg
Saturday, August 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"Banish the Block! Moving Past Fear and Finding Inspiration for Your Writing" with Stacey Swann
Saturday, September 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"Narrative Lab: Experiments for Concocting Livelier, More Interesting Fiction" with Adam Soto
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

 

Memoir Essentials Package

"Memoir in Miniature: The Art of the Personal Essay" with M. M. Adjarian
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"Tackling the Problem of Memory in Memoir" with Rachel Starnes
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
ACC Highland, Austin, TX

"Developing Your Perspective in Memoir" with Charlotte Gullick
Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

 

Novel Essentials Package

"Plot and Conflict in Fiction" with Bill Cotter
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

"Final Pages, Final Paragraphs: Crafting the Right Ending for Fiction" with Chaitali Sen
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
ACC Highland, Austin, TX

"Curiosity Killed the Cat: Developing Characters Through Their Core Values" with Jess Hagemann
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

 



Fall 2018 Schedule:

 

How to Create a Happy, Lazy (and Productive) Writing Practice

with Brittani Sonnenberg
Saturday, August 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Are you tired of beating yourself up for not writing as often or as long as you think you should? This gentle approach allows for a more inspired, efficient, and joyful output

 

Banish the Block! Moving Past Fear and Finding Inspiration for Your Writing

with Stacey Swann
Saturday, September 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

For most writers, the struggle with writer's block goes hand in hand with our attempts to write, but we do not have to accept this as an unavoidable part of the process.

 

Book Publicity and Marketing 101

with Colleen Devine Ellis
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
ACC Highland, Austin, TX

An interactive introduction to book publicity and marketing, with case studies in publicity for some well-known books and deconstruct the process that helped them to find media success

 
Narrative Lab: Experiments for Concocting Livelier, More Interesting Prose

with Adam Soto
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Conduct experiments in point of view, voice, structure, etc. in order to break free from cliches, leap over dead ends, and generate writing that is new and exciting. 

 

Memoir in Miniature: The Art of the Personal Essay

with M. M. Adjarian
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Learn what makes some stories more satisfying than others and how can you tell the difference between the kinds of personal stories people want to read and the ones they don't.

 

Plot and Conflict in Fiction

with Bill Cotter
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Learn how plot and conflict function in contemporary fiction and investigate how to structure a novel or short story so that conflict drives the plot.

 

Final Pages, Final Paragraphs: Crafting the Right Ending for Fiction

with Chaitali Sen
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
ACC Highland, Austin, TX

Learn exercises for crafting a cohesive piece that resonates with readers long after they have put it down.

 
Tackling the Problem of Memory in Memoir

with Rachel Starnes
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm
ACC Highland, Austin, TX

Learn best practices for handling reconstructed memories and the impacts of these moments on the larger course of a developing memoir.

 

Developing Your Perspective in Memoir

with Charlotte Gullick
Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Learn to recognize turning points in your life story, develop your current lens on past events, and work with imagery and setting to deepen the narrative.

 

Getting Your Synopsis Ready for Competitions, Editors, and Agents

with Richard Santos
Saturday, November 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Don’t let the dreaded synopsis defeat you. Come learn the key features and common mistakes for your fiction synopsis.

 
Curiosity Killed the Cat: Developing Characters Through Their Core Values

with Jess Hagemann
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Learn strategies for understanding the difference between negative, authentic, and aspirational core values that will help to write convincing characters.

 

What Authors Need to Know About Publishing

with Leila Sales
Saturday, December 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Being a writer is a craft, but being an author is a career. Get an insider's view of how the book publishing business works, for professional (and soon-to-be professional) writers.

 

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