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2019 Summer Writing Retreat - "The Evolving Draft: Reaching "The End" and Exploring Revision" with Stacey Swann

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Schreiner University
2100 Memorial Blvd
Kerrville, TX 78028

7/14/2019 to 7/19/2019


Registration is now closed for individual classes at the 2019 Summer Writing Retreat. There are still spots available for the Write Away option (no campus housing) until close of check-in at 5pm on Sunday, July 14. If you'd like to register for the Write Away, contact Becka Oliver at

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 who are already far along with a project and looking to revise or deepen the work ("The Evolving Draft: Reaching "The End" and Exploring Revision") and one for writers looking to kickstart a new project ("Setting the Stage for Your Next Writing Project: Generation and Exploration"). Please read the full descriptions and choose the class that matches what you're looking for. And, as always, reach out to us if you'd like some help deciding.

"The Evolving Draft: Reaching "The End" and Exploring Revision" with Stacey Swann

Meeting Times:

Sunday, July 14: Orientation, 6pm
Monday through Friday, July 15-19: 9:00am to 12pm (class instruction), 1pm to 4 pm (writing time)

We often begin a fiction project with great enthusiasm, but maintaining that energy and unity of focus can be a challenge. For this class, we will cover tactics for moving through the middle and end of your draft as well as how to revise once the first draft is done. Through lectures and exercises, we’ll improve character development, dialogue, and language. Then we’ll step back from our works, viewing them with an objective eye to discern thematic intent and how to better focus imagery. Whether you are midway through a draft of a story or novel or if you’ve finished an early draft and need support in the revision process, this class will give you a game plan to tackle your work in progress with confidence.

This class will include short lectures and class discussions on craft topics including characterization, point of view, scene versus summary, dialogue, and more. We’ll explore them further using examples from published work (stories and novel excerpts) and then personalize the topics using in-class writing exercises.

All class participants will have a 20-minute one-on-one consultation with the instructor during the retreat and will have the opportunity to share a selection from their work in progress with the instructor ahead of the retreat. Details on the consultation and instructions for submitting material will be shared with registrants in May.

In addition, all participants will be sent a packet of required reading prior to the retreat. In addition, there is one required course text that you’ll need to buy and bring with you: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King. (You do not need to read this book before class begins, but we will reference the text and its exercises in class.)

This class is appropriate for both short story and novel writers, and for those midway through a draft as well as those ready for revision.

About the Instructor

"[Stacey Swann was] knowledgeable...encouraging...(and) entertaining."
-- WLT Class Attendee

Stacey Swann’s debut novel, Olympus, TX, is forthcoming from Doubleday. Her short fiction has appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals. She is a former Editor of American Short Fiction literary journal and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. 




All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. To avoid the fee, you have the option of mailing a check to our office with this registration form.


(Please read this refund policy closely before registering for the 2019 Summer Writing Retreat; no exceptions will be made):

Through May 15, 2019: 100% refund available.
May 16 - June 20, 2019: 50% refund available.

All cancellations will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

After June 20, 2019: 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.