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"Fiction Essentials" 3-Class Package

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


$147 for members (sign in for member pricing)

There are certain elements of craft that every writer must learn--but no writer ever truly masters them. Practicing writers are continually honing their skills by reading great books and, often, by revisiting craft lessons they've encountered in the past. Whether you're kicking off the new year focused on a new writing project or tackling a revision, writing your first or your fifteenth book, there's always value in revisiting craft essentials.

That's why we're offering this package of three classes focusing on the craft of fiction. They'll be held in Austin at St. Edward's University.

Everyone who registers for the package will also receive one complimentary online class of your choice (to be taken between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019). The deadline to register is January 17, 2019. Before purchasing, be sure to check the dates. As always, there are no refunds on classes.

Each class can be purchased individually by clicking on the class title.


"Whose Story Is It? Playing with Point of View" with Stephanie Noll

     Saturday, January 19, 2019, 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Choosing a point of view shapes how you—and your reader—experience any narrative. Imagine how different The Great Gatsby would be if told as a 1st person account by Gatsby. Or what if Gone Girl had been told through a 3rd person omniscient point of view?

In this class, participants will read and discuss excerpts of published works that utilize all the points of view available to writers—even 2nd person. The instructor will consider how point of view impacts the narrative experience of these pieces, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various points of view, and complete writing exercises that will give writers the opportunity to “try on” different perspectives as they determine which one is the best fit for their work.

Stephanie Noll studied fiction writing at Texas State University, where she earned her MFA. She is a frequent storyteller at The Story Department, a monthly fundraiser for the non-profit Austin Bat Cave, and has also told stories at Listen to Your Mother, Backyard Story Night, Hyde Park Story Night, and the Tellers. Stephanie has 18 years of teaching experience and works as a senior lecturer in the English department at Texas State where she recently was awarded an Excellence in Teaching award. She has written a novel about a standardized test cheating scandal at an inner-city Houston high school.


"That's Easy for You to Say: Writing Effective Dialogue" with David Eric Tomlinson

     Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Dialogue is the internal combustion engine of an effective story, generating a feedback loop of action and reaction that can add tension, drama, absurdity, or conflict to your story. It's also one of the most versatile multi-tools in a writer's arsenal, capable of revealing character or motivation, all while advancing your plot and deepening a sense of mystery or suspense. In this seminar, we'll examine how dialogue, done right, can propel your manuscript to new heights.

David Eric Tomlinson was born and raised in Oklahoma, educated in California, and now lives in Texas. His first novel The Midnight Man was listed as a 2017 top crime debut by Austin’s independent bookstore BookPeople, and was shortlisted for both the PEN Southwest Book Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Sergio Troncosco Award For Best Work Of First Fiction. David has participated in Literary Death Match, contributed to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and teaches craft classes for a variety of writing groups in Texas. He lives in Dallas.


"Strengthening Characters by Revealing Their Hidden Truths" with Rene S. Perez II

     Saturday, February 23, 2018, 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

In the first draft of a manuscript, writers are getting to know their characters, who can surprise, excite, and even disappoint with their choices. By getting to know our characters--their motivations, their hidden shames, their standing in their communities--we can create more authentic scenes and maximize structural efficiency and emotional efficacy. This class will focus on learning who our characters are and how we as writers reveal them to our readers.


Rene S Perez II is the author of two books: Along These Highways and Seeing Off the Johns. His decade-plus experience in publishing–manning the slush pile for literary magazines, editing creative works, working with editors on his own fiction–has taught him how to diagnose, tear apart, and rebuild stalled projects. He lives and teaches in Austin, TX.



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



$147 members only (sign in for member pricing)

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

Registration will close at the end of Thursday, January 17, 2019. After that you can register for the classes individually at the regular rate - $49 for members and $109 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