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"Choosing the Writing Life: Art and Practice" with Ann McCutchan

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 203
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

1/24/2015 From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM



$99 for members (please log in for member pricing)

$159 for nonmembers

Whether you are thinking about becoming a writer, or are living the writer’s life but need a booster shot, this full-day intensive workshop offers abundant ideas, tools and inspiration for turning desire into flow, and flow into finished manuscripts.

Taught by essayist, journalist and four-book author Ann McCutchan, a professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas, “Choosing the Writing Life” addresses three critical components of the writer’s way: self-knowledge, commitment, and practice.

Topics include: developing a personal writing schedule, building technique, seizing ripe opportunities, and more. With more than twenty-five years' experience as a writing teacher, coach, and results-oriented workshop leader, McCutchan knows how to offer fresh, insightful, practical approaches to creating a “best life” as a writer.

This class is perfect for:

  • Writers wanting to establish a consistent, realistic routine
  • Writers seeking a creative boost
  • Writers searching for publishing opportunities

Please bring:

  • Writing materials
  • A book by a favorite author
  • An adventurous spirit

Expect to work hard. Expect to be surprised.

About the instructor:

Ann McCutchan's work springs from deep interests in the arts, nature, and creativity, and the ways they shape individuals, places, and history. Her books include a biography of French flute virtuoso Marcel Moyse and a volume of interviews with composers about the creative process. In 2011, she published two titles: Circular Breathing: Meditations From a Musical Life (personal essays) and River Music: An Atchafalaya Story, an eco-biography of Louisiana musician Earl Robicheaux and the Atchafalaya River Basin. Ann is currently writing Where's the Moon? a memoir of Florida during the Space Race, and a biography of author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.



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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 policies, please visit our Classes page.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. 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