Online Writing Classes 

 

Online classes from the Writers' League of Texas allow you to take our most popular in-person classes from the comfort of your own home. Learn about the craft and business of writing from instructors who teach in MFA programs and other university creative writing programs. Classes offer specific exercises that will inspire you to get to work on your own writing. 

"This class was very organized, and the information presented was great! It was time and money well spent."

- Class Attendee  

 

"I loved the informal setting and availability of the class recording."

- Class Attendee

  

"Excellent feedback in the Q&A."

- Class Attendee

 

How Online Classes Work

These are online versions of our most popular in-person classes. Once you register for the class, you'll receive an email with detailed instructions. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can't attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one week after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video.

A couple of days before the class, you will receive an email with login information. Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your computer's Flash or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually take only a few minutes, but you don't want to wait until the beginning of class.)

Questions? Email us at member@writersleague.org or call at 512-499-8914.

 
 

2018 Schedule
  

The 3-Act Structure

with Carolyn Cohagan
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Do you have a great plot idea, but you're stuck after page fifty? Are you in love with your characters, but they seem to just sit there?

 

Crafting Story Openings That Will Capture Readers

with Lindsey Lane
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

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)?


Mastering PR and the Media

with Shennandoah Goodson
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Whether you want to be the next best seller or just want to see your story in print, make a splash and create buzz for your book with a solid PR and media plan.
 
 

Write Before You Write: Steps to Take Before You Draft

with Jennifer Ziegler
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Do you ever start a manuscript and end up lost in your own story or know your plot but still find that your writing is blocked?

 

Finding a More Natural Structure for Memoir 

with Rachel Starnes
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

If your story doesn't fit into the Heroic Journey model, this structure might be a better fit.
 
 

Building an Author Website and Blog

with Shennandoah Goodson
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Take the fear out of websites and blogs and learn the basics of creating your online presence.
 
 

Crafting Believable Characters and Engaging Dialogue

with Stephanie Noll
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Craft complex, multi-layered characters with dialogue that reveals their desires.

 

Social Media 101 for Writers

with Shennandoah Goodson
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Demystify social media and learn how to create a social media marketing strategy that won't consume your life.
 

 

Better Prose Through Poetry: Using Rhythm, Repetition and Other

Poetic Tools in Your Writing

with Charlotte Gullick
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Craft more memorable prose and images in your novel, story, or memoir.
 
 

Better Novel Beginnings Through Character Development

with Greg Garrett
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Start your novel on the right foot and give it the momentum to reach the end.
 
 

Submitting to Literary Journals

with Stacey Swann
Thursday, May 31, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Learn what to submit and where and how to send it.
 
 

Pacing the Plot of Your Novel or Short Story

with John Pipkin
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Learn what to expand and what to condense to make your plot move at the right speed at the right time.

 

Crafting Prose for Memoirs that Brings Your Memories to Life

with Katherine Catmull
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Put your readers in your characters' shoes.
 
 

The Artistry of Word Choice and Sentence Structure

with Tex Thompson
Thursday, June 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Learn to make readers fall in love with your words.
 
 

Jump Start Your Novel

with Sara Kocek
Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Charge up your novel so that it will reach the finish line.

 

Crafting Better Paragraphs, Scenes, and the Right Style for the Right Moment

with Tex Thompson
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Learn how to turn up and turn down your style.
 

 

Conceiving and Structuring Personal Essays

with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Learn framing and shaping devices for short, personal essays.