Intensive Classes


What are Intensives?

Intensives are smaller, more focused, classes that often include a hands-on lab component and are only being offered to current members. The purpose of Intensives is to provide a class experience that is more in-depth on a specific topic and that can offer more individualized instruction.

Format: Classes will meet one evening, usually for two to two-and-a-half hours, and will often contain a hands-on “lab” component for part of the time, as appropriate.

Size: Enrollment will be capped at 8 to 10 students.

Cost: $99 per person per class. (You must be a current member of WLT.)

Dates and Times: An intensive class will typically take place on a week night, with a start time no earlier than 6:00pm and a finish time no later than 9:00 pm.

Location: We're sorry but Intensives are only offered in the Austin area at this time. If you live outside the greater Austin area and are interested in attending Intensives, please drop us a note at Such feedback will help us determine when and where we can offer Intensives next.

Topics: Topics will change periodically. Topics in high demand will be repeated and new ones will be offered for variety. Intensives will cover areas of business, marketing, and other subjects related to writing and publishing. Weekdays when topics are offered will rotate to accommodate as many people as possible. Check back here for information on our next Intensive.



Make a Long Story Short: 


Writing a Novel Synopsis




This class is sold out.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Mitte Carriage House
1008 West Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

$99 per ticket - for current WLT members only! 

Whether you're getting ready to query agents, revising your novel, or starting a new one, this is the workshop for you! In this special evening intensive class, you will learn the best approaches to writing a synopsis: what should be included, what should be left out, strategies for summing up, and things to avoid. Attendees will read and offer feedbck on one another's synopses (you can opt out if you prefer not to share and the instructor will still offer you feedback on your synopsis). Participants will leave the class well on their way to having a draft or revision of a synopsis for their writing project.

Prior to the class, each participant will send the following to the instructor:

  • The draft of a synopsis for one writing project (2 pages at most; the goal is to condense it down to a single page). 

If you don't have a synopsis, you can still attend the class, but we do urge you to send in what you can in order to have a richer experience.

Sign up soon (current members only!), as registration will be strictly capped at 10.

About the instructor:

Jo Whittemore
is the author of the tween humor novels Front Page Face-Off, Odd Girl In, D is for Drama, Colonial Madness, and the Confidentially Yours series. She also penned The Silverskin Legacy fantasy trilogy.







IMPORTANT NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For more information, visit our Classes page for policies.



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


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