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"Crafting Prose for Memoirs that Brings Your Memories to Life" with Katherine Catmull

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

4/7/2018 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

This class has sold out. No walk-in registrations will be accepted.

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

 *This class can also be purchased as part of the Craft Essentials: Memoir Package. You can find more information about it here.

Have readers said that your story feels flat? If it's a memoir, do you find yourself saying to yourself, "You just had to be there?"

Whether you want to provoke chills, tears, anger, tenderness, or the thrill of the chase, your memoir must use visceral prose to make the reader’s body believe--or their imagination never will.

All stories, even memoirs, must have the tingly quality of a ghost story: the ability to make readers feel the emotions in their bones. If they don't have a physical effect on the reader’s body, then your reader will never emotionally engage. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn and practice the difference between writing in-scene vs. writing in summary, work with details from all the senses--not just the eyes (sometimes how things smell can pull the reader in fastest), write description that makes your story fly rather than clogging it up, and explore a useful trick stolen from filmmaking.

This half-day class will focus on teaching participants techniques for diving deep into their own sense-memories to pull out the most effective details. 

This class will focus on memoir but will apply to any genre, whether it's a detective story, literary fiction, or contemporary YA.



  • You want to make your story hit your readers in the gut.
  • You want your most interesting parts to read as intensely as they appear in your imagination.



Katherine Catmull is the author of three books, most recently the YA novel The Radiant Road. Her first book, Summer and Bird, was named one of Booklist's 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth. She is one of four co-authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities, which was named one of the New York Public Library's Best Books of 2014. Besides her decades as a stage actor in Austin, she also does voice acting for games like DC Universe Online (Oracle) and Wizard 101 (Myrella Windspar). She has also written numerous short plays.


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, April 5. 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