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2017 Summer Writing Workshop - "Fiction in Progress: Raising the Stakes for the Reader" with Charlotte Gullick

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ACC Highland Campus
6101 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752

8/14/2017 to 8/19/2017

Online registration for the 2017 Summer Writing Workshop is now closed. If you'd like to register, please call our offices at 512-499-8914.

$329 for Members (Please log in for member pricing)
$389 Non-Members

Please read both the credit card handling fee information and the refund policy at the bottom of this page before purchasing a ticket.


NOTE: We are offering two fiction classes, one for writers looking to kickstart a new project ("The Fiction Hatchery") and one for experienced writers who are already far along in a project ("Fiction in Progress"). Please read the full descriptions and choose the class that matches your experience level. And, as always, reach out to us if you'd like some help deciding.

This intermediate class, "Fiction in Progress," is for writers who have taken at least three writing classes and/or have finished a draft of a novel and/or have workshop experience. Participants should have a project they are already in thick of and are looking to strengthen, make more progress on, get past specific challenges.


"Fiction in Progress" Class Meeting Times: 

Monday, August 14: Orientation, 6pm
Tuesday through Saturday, August 15-19: 9:30am to 3:30pm (one hour break for lunch)


As readers, we've all experienced one of these moments: You can’t put the book down even though you promised yourself you’d stop two chapters ago. The character is opening that door, the one she shouldn't be opening, and you have to find out what’s on the other side, even though dinner needs to be cooked, errands need to be run, and two phone calls from your sister have gone unanswered.

What is happening on the page to make you keep going? What is the writer doing to keep us hooked? Why is this story so urgent, compelling and not-put-downable?

This class will focus on how to think about our writing from the reader’s perspective: Is the work immediate? Are we creating every opportunity to keep going? Is there something in every scene to make the reader nervous for the character?

In the morning sessions, the class will study published chapters and short stories that put us as readers on the edge of our seats and then examine our work to see if we are doing the same. We will focus on immediacy, urgency, effective structure, and character choices that all heighten the tension of the writing.

In the afternoon sessions
, students have the opportunity in advance to submit their work for workshop that includes discussion and written feedback from the instructor and other students. Workshop materials will be due to the instructor no later than a prearranged date and all participants in the optional workshop will be expected to read and prepare feedback ahead of the workshop's start. (Details will be shared with each registrant upon purchasing a class ticket). Anyone who opts not to participate in the workshop will have that time to write (writing prompts will be given) or explore.

All class participants will be sent a packet of required reading prior to the retreat.


Students should bring completed writing, ideas for stories, or whatever they will find helpful as they work on new material or add to or revise old material during the class.

This class is appropriate for both short story and novel writers.


About the Instructor

"Charlotte is an accessible instructor with the ability to see the potential in the roughest of drafts. She is in the top tier of fine instructors."
-- 2015 Summer Writing Workshop Attendee

"Charlotte is the 'real deal' -- she cares about writers and the craft of writing."
--2015 Summer Writing Workshop Attendee

Charlotte Gullick is the Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College, and she holds a MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis and a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her first novel, By Way of Water, was chosen by Jayne Anne Phillips as Grand Prize Winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project. Her other awards include a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship in Fiction a MacDowell Colony Residency, a Ragdale Residency, as well as the Evergreen State College 2012 Teacher Excellence Award. Her writing has appeared in Brevity, Pithead Chapel, Hippocampus, and the LA Review.


(Note: All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee - this fee can be avoided by mailing in a check for registration with a form. Click HERE for the form to mail with your check.)


(Please read this refund policy closely before registering for the 2017 Summer Writing Workshop; no exceptions will be made):

Through May 15, 2017: 100% refund available.
May 16 - June 23, 2017: 50% refund available.

All cancellations will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

After June 23, 2017: No refunds will be made, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person as long as advance notice is given to the Writers' League of Texas. If you wish to transfer your registration, please call the WLT at 512-499-8914.