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"Crafting Scenes That Stop Readers in their Tracks" ONLINE with Michael Noll

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6/3/2020 From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

$49 for Members (sign in for member pricing; to become a member, click here.)
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

Do you want to write scenes that pull readers in and don't let them go? 

Every good story or novel has that moment when the conflict becomes so engaging that you feel that little thrill, that sense of "Now this is getting good!" The nature of that moment depends a lot on the story's genre, but finding that moment as a writer is simply a matter of learning to know what you're looking for. This class will examine this type of moment in a wide variety of genres, from middle grade to mystery to science fiction/fantasy to literary fiction. The class will use these examples to illustrate how writers can learn to see their narrative worlds as rich in potential for dramatic thrills.


You're writing a novel, short stories, or any kind of creative writing that includes scenes. 

You want to learn how to pull readers into a scene. 

Your scenes often feel flat or like they're missing something. 

You want to better understand the elements that make up memorable scenes. 


Michael Noll is the author of The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction and numerous short stories, which have been published most recently in Crazyhorse and The Best American Mystery Stories anthology. He also edits the website Read to Write Stories, which features more than 150 writing exercises based on published work and interviews with authors.




$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 5 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, June 3. 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. If you prefer this option, please email with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time.

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