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"Better Novel Beginnings Through Character Development" ONLINE with Greg Garrett

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Online Class

5/23/2018 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST


$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.

Are you starting a novel and worried about getting off on the wrong foot?

Beginning a novel is a perilous task. If you don't lay the foundation for your characters and their journeys well, you'll find your story falling apart in the middle section and falling short in the third act. This class will focus on how to imagine your character's yearnings and foreshadow future events so that your beginning can engage your readers and prepare them for what is to come.

In this class, participants will learn how to build a character with a need to change and exercises for introducing plot and complications at the beginning of a novel.


  • You have started and abandoned a novel because the middle act fell apart.
  • You're starting a new novel and can sense that there isn't enough force to propel it through several hundred pages.
  • You’d like to make sure your novel of whatever kind generates its plot through strong characters.

Greg Garrett is the author of over twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, including the acclaimed novels Free Bird, Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal. He teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at Baylor University, where he has received numerous teaching honors, and has offered highly-rated classes for the Writers League for over a decade.







$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page and Online Classes page.

Registration will close on Wednesday, May 25, at 5 p.m. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. 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.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


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


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit