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"Crafting Paragraphs, Scenes, and the Right Style for the Right Moment" with Tex Thompson

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Online Class

7/25/2018 From 6:30 PM CST to 9:30 PM CST

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$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

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

**The class can be purchased as the Word Alchemy Lab 2-online class package for $88 (member rate). Everyone who purchases the package will have access to the class recording for the entire month of July.


This class tackles the big picture : paragraphs, scenes, chapters, and stories, and the master-class techniques underpinning all of them. The instructor will also take a look at where good writing diverges and how to change your style when switching between informative writing and its more creative counterpart.

The class will cover positions of emphasis (paragraph, scene, and story level), sentence lengths, active vs. passive voice, developing paragraphs to mirror the narrative, story gaps, and strategies for involving the reader.



  • You want to learn how to write better sentences and scenes.
  • You're not sure when to "turn up" your style and when to "turn it down" and be more direct.
  • You want to understand why your best writing works and make it even better (or bring the rest of your writing up to snuff).



Tex Thompson was once described as "an explosion of 52 enthusiastic kittens all trying to go in the same direction, but instead latching onto everything at once." In addition to being an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU and the author of the internationally-published Children of the Drought series, Tex is the founder and 'chief instigator' for WORD - Writers Organizations 'Round Dallas. When she's not leading the charge at home in Dallas, Tex brings her particular brand of 'red-penthusiasm' to conferences, conventions, and workshops all over the country - as an egregiously enthusiastic, endlessly energetic one-woman stampede.







$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, July 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