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"Break Through Writer's Block and Invigorate Your Manuscript" with Jardine Libaire

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

1/20/2018 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

 *This class can also be purchased as part of the Narrative Process Package. You can find more information about it here.

Online registration for this class has closed. You can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

Instead of big, abstract ideas for overcoming writer's block and refreshing your work, this class will lead you in very speciic, playful, easy, highly generative exercises within your existing manuscript.


This is a class for writers already engaged in an existing piece of work—short story, novel, memoir, script, or a proposal/treatment. Over the years, the instructor, Jardine Libaire, has developed focused strategies for getting through impasses in her novels and scripts, and she now has a collection of tried and trusted exercises that "force" new insight, fresh detail, or alternative plot points.
The key is to find the trouble spots and use exercises and prompts to interact with your manuscript in a way that immediately revives a scene or setting or character, opens a new door in the plot, or simply re-engages you and moves the work forward. We've all found ourselves locked into our own manuscript, feeling trapped—and this class will open it up and move fresh air through the story. You will learn ways to experiment so the work thrives and grows—without risking damage to the manuscript.


  • You're feeling stuck on a manuscript in any genre.
  • You're looking for a natural, intuitive approach to problem-solving problem spots in a story and generating new material.


Jardine Libaire got her MFA in Writing from the University of Michigan, having loved writing and books since she was a kid. Her most recent novel, White Fur, was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Selection, an Amazon Best Book, and a Book of the Month Club pick. Her first novel Here Kitty Kitty will be re-published by Hogarth in 2018. Her television-series adaptation of White Fur with FilmNation Entertainment recently sold to Amazon Studios, where she continues to develop it as sole writer. Her creative nonfiction collaboration with photographer Phyllis B. Dooney Gravity Is Stronger Here came out in April 2017. She co-wrote a YA series called The Upper Class under the pen name Caroline Says. She’s been a recipient of the Hopwood Award, the Glascock Poetry Prize, and Honorable Mention for the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize in Documentary. And she volunteers for Truth Be Told, a writing program for incarcerated women in Lockhart, Texas.



St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, Trustee Hall 303. You can find a St. Edward's University campus map here.



$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

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

Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, January 18. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. 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


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