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."

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

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"Excellent feedback in the Q&A."

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Schedule

 

That's Easy for You to Say: Writing Effective Dialogue

with David Eric Tomlinson
Thursday, April 18, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Do you want to increase tension (and improve almost every area of storytelling) with better dialogue?

 

Write Before You Write: Outlining, Planning, Plotting

with Jennifer Ziegler
Thursday, May 16, 2019
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?

 

Memoir in Miniature: The Art of the Personal Essay

with M. M. Adjarian
Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

You have a lifetime of unique stories to tell. But do you know how to take those ordinary – and sometimes not-so-ordinary – experiences and transform them into extraordinary reading that will leave your readers hungry for more?
 
 

Worldbuilding: How to Create the World Within Your Work

with Erika T. Wurth
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Want to make your story's world as complex and believable as possible?
 
 

First Draft to Best Draft: Revising Like a Professional

with Katherine Catmull
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

No matter what shape your first draft is in, learning how professional writers and editors revise will make your draft the best it can be.

 

Past Classes

 

Submitting 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Submitting to Journals and Magazines But Were Afraid to Ask

with James Tate Hill
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Want info and advice about story and essay submissions from someone with experience on both ends of the process?

 

Publishing 101: What Authors Need to Know About the Business

with Leila Sales
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

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.

 

The Narrative Craft of Academic Writing

with Dr. Sara Saylor
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Analyze model texts from diverse disciplines, including grant proposals, abstracts, and journal articles, to learn from their structure and style.

 

Memoir 101: Everything You Need to Know to (Finally) Start Your Memoir

with Jessica Wilbanks
Thursday, February 7, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Starting a memoir and looking for strategies for generating material and finding structure?

 

Getting Your Synopsis Ready for Competitions, Agents, and Editors

with Richard Santos
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

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

 

How to Write (or Write About) When Everything Goes Wrong

with Allie Pleiter
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Has life thrown you an unexpected emotional twist?

 

The 3-Act Structure

with Carolyn Cohagan
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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 no one else seems to be?

 

Developing Your Perspective in Memoir

with Charlotte Gullick
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Find the right voice and tone for your story.

 

Whose Story Is It? Playing with Point of View

with Stephanie Noll
Thursday, April 4, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Explore options for tone, style, and structure that are possible with different points of view.

 

How to Make Twitter a Writer's Best Friend

with Richard Santos
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Online

Want to learn to use twitter as a writer--not just to promote yourself but to engage in the literary community?

 

 

 

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.