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.

 
 

Upcoming: 

 

How to Give and Receive Writing Critiques

with John Pipkin
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm CST
Online

Do you want to get better at offering critiques of other writers' work?
Are you sometimes unsure how to put critiques of your work to use as you revise?

 

The Novel Hatchery: Moving a Novel Idea Into Its First Draft

with Stacey Swann
Monday, October 30, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm CST
Online

Have a great novel idea but aren't sure how to dive in?
Have you started a novel and hit a wall?  

 

How to Get Writing Gigs with Marketing and PR Agencies

with Shennandoah Goodson
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm CST
Online

Are you interested in freelance copywriting jobs?
Want to know how to get work and how much to charge for it?

   
 

Whose Story Is It? Playing with Point of View

with Stephanie Noll
Tuesday, December 5 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm CST
Online

Are you not sure which character should be telling the story in your novel or short story?
Do you want to explore the possibilities in tone, style, and structure that are possible with different points of view?

 

  

Fall 2017 Online Class Schedule 


Strategies for Structure Within a Novel

with Stephanie Noll
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm CST
Online

Are you struggling to find a structure that works for chapters or pieces within your novel?
Do you feel trapped by the minute-to-minute movement of time in your scenes?

 


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 CST
Online

Are you struggling to integrate backstory into the fabric of your story or novel?
If someone asked you, "Why is this story happening now?" would you have a great answer? 

 


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 CST
Online

Do your characters transform over the course of your story?
Want to find structure and meaning in that transformation? 

 


Effective Research Methods for Fiction

with John Pipkin
Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm CST
Online

Are you writing a novel that depends on factual accuracy?
Want to learn strategies for research that leads to authentic, believable fictional worlds?
 

 

Honing the Spark and Mapping Out Your Revision

with Charlotte Gullick
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm CST
Online

Do you need a sense of direction for your book revision?
Do you worry that you're revising individual parts but losing sight of the book as a whole?  

 

How to Give and Receive Writing Critiques

with John Pipkin
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm CST
Online

Are you in a writing group but not sure how to give good feedback on others' work?
Are you interested in taking an Advanced Craft Workshop through the Writers' League of Texas but haven't taken a formal workshop in the past? 

 

The Novel Hatchery: Moving a Novel Idea Into Its First Draft

with Stacey Swann
Monday, October 30, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm CST
Online

Have a great novel idea but aren't sure how to dive in?
Have you started a novel and hit a wall?  

 
 

How to Get Writing Gigs with Marketing and PR Agencies

with Shennandoah Goodson
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm CST
Online

Are you interested in freelance copywriting jobs?
Want to know how to get work and how much to charge for it?

   
 

Whose Story Is It? Playing with Point of View

with Stephanie Noll
Tuesday, December 5 2017
6:30 to 9:30 pm CST
Online

Are you not sure which character should be telling the story in your novel or short story?
Do you want to explore the possibilities in tone, style, and structure that are possible with different points of view? 

 

 

Past Classes


The Novel Hatchery: Moving a Novel Idea into Its First Draft

with Stacey Swann
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm CST


Whose Story Is it? Playing with Point of View

with Stephanie Noll
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm CST


Better Prose through Poetry: Using Rhythm, Repetition, and Other Poetic Tools in Your Writing

with Charlotte Gullick
Wedneday, February 22, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm CST

 

Marketing Yourself to Your Audience

with Shennandoah Goodson
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm CST

 

The Secret Trapdoor: Transforming Setting Into Story

with Brittani Sonnenberg
Thursday, March 23, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm CST

 


Mastering PR and the Media

with Shennandoah Goodson
Wedneday, March 29, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm CST

 

Establishing and Developing Compelling Characters in Narrative Fiction

with John Pipkin
Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm CST

 


Marketing Your Book Online

with Shennandoah Goodson
Thursday, April 27, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm CST

 

How to Submit to Journals

with Stacey Swann
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm CST


Marketing Beyond the Basics

 

with Shennandoah Goodson
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm CST

 

Jump Start Your Novel

with Sara Kocek
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
6:30-9:30 pm CST
Online Class