2017 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.

 

 

Upcoming Classes:  

 

How to Give and Receive Writing Critiques
with John Pipkin
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Online

 

 

 

 

Project Management for Writers: Finish Your Book On Time with Less Stress
with Allie Pleiter
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10 am to 1 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Trustee Hall 303)

 

 

 

 

 

The Novel Hatchery: Moving a Novel Idea Into Its First Draft
with Stacey Swann
Monday, October 30, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Online

 

 

 


How to Get Writing Gigs with Marketing and PR Agencies
with Shennandoah Goodson
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Online

 

 



Fall 2017 Schedule:


The Craft of Short Fiction: Telling the Story with Fewer Words and More Punch
with Lindsey Lane
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Online

 

 

 

 

 

Better Novel Beginnings Through Character Development
with Greg Garrett
Saturday, September 2, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Trustee Hall 303)

 

 

 

 


Rock Star Publicity: Book Promotion for the Bold and Bashful
with Marika Flatt
Saturday, September 9, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Trustee Hall 303)

 

 

Worldbuilding for Speculative Fiction
with Amanda Downum and Marshall Ryan Maresca
Saturday, September 16, 2017
10 am to 1 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Trustee Hall 303)

 

 

 



Strategies for Structure Within a Novel
with Stephanie Noll
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Online

 

 


On the Hero's Journey: Discovering Plot, Character, and Meaning In Your Novel
with Greg Garrett
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Online

 

 

 

 

 

Creating Protagonists Your Readers Will Follow
with Chaitali Sen
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10 am to 1 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Trustee Hall 303)

 

 

Effective Research Methods for Fiction
with John Pipkin
Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Online

 

 

 

 

The Secret to Making Picture Books
with Liz Garton Scanlon
Saturday, September 30, 2017
9 am to 12 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Trustee Hall 303)

 

 

 

 

Setting as Character: Make Setting More Than Just a Set Piece in Your Writing
with Stephanie Noll
Saturday, October 7, 2017
9 am to 12 pm
ACC Highland, Austin, TX
(Room 2102)

 

Honing the Spark and Mapping Out Your Revision
with Charlotte Gullick
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Online

 

 

 

 

Crafting Nonlinear Narratives
with Varian Johnson
Saturday, October 14, 2017
9 am to 12 pm
ACC Highland, Austin, TX
(Room 2102)

 

 

 

 

 

Project Management for Writers: Finish Your Book On Time with Less Stress
with Allie Pleiter
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10 am to 1 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Trustee Hall 303)

 

 

 

 


The Novel Hatchery: Moving a Novel Idea Into Its First Draft
with Stacey Swann
Monday, October 30, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Online

 

 

 


How to Get Writing Gigs with Marketing and PR Agencies
with Shennandoah Goodson
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Online

 

 

Plotting Your Book with Scenes and Narrative Arcs
with Stuart Horwitz
Saturday, November 11, 2017
9 am to 1 pm
ACC Highland, Austin, TX
(Trustee Hall 303)

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the Mystery Out of Writing Mysteries
with Karen MacInerney
Saturday, November 18, 2017
9 am to 12 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Trustee Hall 303)

 

 

 

 

 

Structuring Successful Screenplays by Using the Nutshell Technique
with Jill Chamberlain
Saturday, December 2, 2017
10 am to 1 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Trustee Hall 303)

 

 

 

 


Whose Story Is It? Playing with Point of View
with Stephanie Noll
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Online

 

 

 

Past Classes


Deepening the Narrative: Moving Beyond the Self in Memoir
with Donna Johnson
Saturday, January 14, 2017
10 am to 4 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

 

 

Better Prose Through Poetry: Using Rhythm, Repetition and Other Poetic Tools in Your Writing
with Charlotte Gullick
Saturday, January 21, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

How to Submit to Journals
with Stacey Swann
Saturday, January 28, 2017
10 am to 1 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

Start Your Author Platform
with Stephanie Barko
Saturday, February 4, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

The Craft of Short Fiction: Telling the Story with Fewer Words and More Punch
with Lindsey Lane
Saturday, February 18, 2017
9 am to noon
ACC Highland Campus, Austin, TX
(Room 2202)

 

 

 

 

Succeeding in the Current Self-Publishing Market
with Deanna Roy
Saturday, February 25, 2017
9 am to 1 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

 

Establishing and Developing Convincing Characters in Narrative Fiction
with John Pipkin
Saturday, March 4, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

The Agent Search: Tips, Tricks, and Timeless Advice
with Sandra Bark and Becka Oliver
Saturday, March 18, 2017
9 am to 1 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

How to Workshop Your Writing
with Stephanie Noll
Saturday, March 25, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 


Mastering PR and the Media
with Shennandoah Goodson
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:30-9:30 pm
Online Class

 

Structure in Narrative Nonfiction: Putting the Pieces Together
with Michael Hall
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

 

Three-Act Structure for the Novel
with Carolyn Cohagan
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

Novel and Memoir Revision: Conventions and Experiments
with Adam Soto
Saturday, April 15, 2017
10 am to 4 pm
ACC Highland Campus, Austin, TX
(Room 2202)

 

 

 

 

Establishing and Developing Compelling Characters in Narrative Fiction
with John Pipkin
Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:30-9:30 pm
Online Class

 

 

 

 

Talk to Me: Writing Dialogue that Rings True and Speaks Volumes
with Natalia Sylvester
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 


Marketing Your Book Online
with Shennandoah Goodson
Thursday, April 27, 2017
6:30-9:30 pm
Online Class

 

Playing with Poetic Voice: How to Discover Your Own Voice by Borrowing from Your Favorite Poets
with Tomás Q. Morín
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

 

How to Submit to Journals
with Stacey Swann
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
6:30-9:30 pm
Online Class

 

 

How to Conceive and Structure Personal Essays
with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
Saturday, May 6, 2017
10am to 1 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

 

 

 

On the Hero's Journey: Discovering Plot, Character, and Meaning in Your Novel
with Greg Garrett
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9 am to noon
ACC Highland Campus, Austin, TX
(Room 2202)

 

 

 

 

How to Write Funny
with Wendi Aarons
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

 

 

 
Marketing Beyond the Basics
with Shennandoah Goodson
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
6:30-9:30 pm
Online Class

 

Developing Conflict in Fiction
with Brian Yansky
Saturday, May 27, 2017
9 am to noon
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting Openings that Hook the Reader
with Nan Cuba
Saturday, June 3, 2017
10 am to 1 pm
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
(Moody Hall 204)

 

 

 

 


Jump Start Your Novel
with Sara Kocek
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
6:30-9:30 pm
Online Class

 

 

 

 

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