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"Losing Yourself, Finding Your Voice: The Art of Revision" with Thomas McNeely

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

5/14/2016 From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


$99 for members (log in for member pricing)

$159 for nonmembers

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Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, May 12. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check or money order for the walk-up rate - $109 for members and $169 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!


You have brilliant beginnings to a dozen stories. You have just as many promising first drafts -- or second, or tenth. Now, what?

Moving past those first pages or drafts requires an author to listen closely to what their stories or characters have to tell them, which can entail a radical re-envisioning of the story's shape, voice, point of view, plot, or characters. Or perhaps only a difference in one critical authorial decision. Or perhaps allowing the character to make the decision for you, the one which seems riskiest, the choice which is least like the one you yourself would make.

Growing as writers often means going beyond what we ourselves intended for our stories. In this intensive five-hour course, students will review the possibilities that the fundamentals of craft ( including plot, character, and point of view) hold for unlocking the potential of their stories. Students will work in small groups to workshop - and literally cut up - their stories. Students will then brainstorm revision of their stories.

Please bring ONE typewritten, double-spaced COPY of a COMPLETE SHORT STORY or FIRST CHAPTER OF A NOVEL. Also bring a pen, notepad, scotch tape, and scissors.

About the instructor:

A native of Houston, Texas, Thomas H. McNeely, is the author of Ghost Horse, winner of the Gival Press Novel Award. A former Dobie Paisano, Wallace Stegner, and National Endowment for the Arts fellow, he has taught writing at Stanford University, Emerson College, and other universities and writing workshops. His short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories and Algonquin Books' Best of the South: From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South. Visit his website at:

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For more information, visit our Classes page.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to

The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit