Advanced Craft Workshops

Our multi-day craft workshops are designed to address the needs of the intermediate or advanced writer. In an intimate setting (10 students maximum), registrants—with the guidance of an experienced instructor—workshop pages from a short story, novel, or memoir in progress submitted in advance. This experience (modeled after the MFA workshop style) is an invaluable opportunity for writers to both receive and offer constructive criticism, delve into the more complex elements of writing, and take their craft to the next level. For dates and location of the next workshop, please see the bottom of this page.


Our Next Advanced Craft Workshop: FICTION  


Dates/Times: May 2, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and May 3, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. TO BE RESCHEDULED

Location: Austin, TX

To Apply: Deadline to apply is Thursday, April 16, 2020. TO BE RESCHEDULED.

Genre Focus: Fiction (Novels and short stories)




Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico. He moved to the U.S. at the age of 31 and began to write in English at 35. A former Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University and a Dobie Paisano fellow in fiction by the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters, he earned his MFA from The New Writers Project at UT Austin. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly and elsewhere. He is the author of the story collection Barefoot Dogs (Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction 2015) and the forthcoming novel The Healing Room.

Registration: You will be contacted if accepted and given a registration link and a window of time to sign up.

Timeline: Deadline to apply is Thursday, April 16. Applicants will receive word on acceptance by Monday, April 27. Packets for reading and responding with feedback will be mailed soon after, along with guidelines.

Questions? Call us at 512-499-8914.


Format and Guidelines

Format: These weekend workshops meet for ten (10) hours total over two consecutive days (Saturday from 9am to 2pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm).

Size: Enrollment is strictly capped at 10 people in order to devote a significant amount of time to each writer’s work.

Cost: $209 for WLT members / $269 for nonmembers

If you have taken the "How to Workshop Your Writing" or "How to Give and Receive Writing Critiques" classes, you can apply a one-time credit of $49 toward the workshop if you haven't done so in the past.

Facilitators: These craft workshops are led by published instructors who have extensive experience facilitating workshops at the intermediate/advanced level. All classes are taught as MFA-style workshops.

How they work: Every student fills out a simple application and submits material ahead of time to be accepted into the workshop - admission is at the discretion of the WLT and is based on a number of factors, including the strength of the material, overall objectives, and group fit.

Once accepted into a workshop, individuals will have 48 hours from notification of acceptance to finalize registration and make payment. If registration hasn't been finalized after 48 hours, the seat may be offered to someone else (we expect to have a waiting list for these workshops and will need to strictly adhere to this policy).

Once registration is finalized, your sample material (the same material submitted to be considered for the workshop, no changes will be allowed) will be distributed by the WLT to the workshop participants (about 30 days before the workshop date). Each participant is responsible for reading all materials and compiling written feedback that can be shared during class. Guidelines for preparing feedback will be sent when registration is finalized.

If you are not accepted, do not despair. There are a number of factors involved and a very limited number of slots available. Workshops will be offered a number of times a year and writers can apply as often as they like.

Keep in mind this is not a lecture or instruction-based class, and you will not receive line edits or book doctoring. Instead, this is an invaluable opportunity to get collaborative feedback on your draft. If you're not sure if this is a good fit for you OR if you have any questions at all about these advanced craft workshops, please do give us a call: 512-499-8914.

Material to be submitted: Each application must be accompanied by the materials to be workshopped. This can be a partial or completed essay or an excerpt from a memoir or novel; 4000 words maximum (no exceptions). Please format submissions with one-inch margins and double-spaced, 12-point type. IMPORTANT: Keep in mind, whatever material is submitted with the workshop application will be the material, if accepted, that is workshopped. No changes or substitutions will be allowed (again, no exceptions).

Eligibility for Workshop:

Writers are considered prepared for this course if...

- They have graduated from or are currently enrolled in an MFA or other graduate writing program or have had other formal workshopping experience of this kind (applicants will elaborate on this in the application);

OR ...

- They have completed our "How to Give and Receive Writing Critiques" class (offered once or twice a year through WLT). The price of this half-day class will go toward the cost of the workshop admission if accepted as a participating student. (Good toward first workshop only. IMPORTANT: Taking the half-day class does NOT guarantee acceptance to an advanced craft workshop.)

NOTE: If you have publishing experience, are agented, or otherwise feel you are prepared for this program without falling into one of the above categories, there's an opportunity to elaborate on this in the application.