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"Crafting an Effective Novel Synopsis" ONLINE with Richard Santos

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7/28/2020 From 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

This class is sold out. 

$99 for members (members only) 

Are you struggling to write a novel synopsis to send to potential agents? 

In this special evening intensive class, you will learn the necessary components of a novel synopsis in the classroom component, and then work on your own synopsis in the lab component. Students will leave the class with a draft or revision of a synopsis for their writing project. 

Prior to the class, each student will send the following to the instructor:
  1. Two-page synopsis draft for your writing project
  2. Your author bio
If you don't have any or all of these things, you can still attend the class, but we do urge you to send in what you can in order to have a richer experience.
Sign up soon (current members only!), as registration will be strictly capped at 10.  




  • You want to learn strategies for writing effective novel synopses.
  • You want feedback on your own synopsis.
  • You're having trouble summarizing what your book is about. 



Richard Z. Santos is a writer and teacher in Austin. He is a Board Member of The National Book Critics Circle and served as one of the 2019 Nonfiction Judges for The Kirkus Prize. Recent work can be found in Kirkus Reviews, CrimeReads, Texas Monthly, and many more. In a previous career he worked for some of the nation's top political campaigns, consulting firms, and labor unions. 


Online classroom



$99 members (members only)


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

Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CDT on Thursday, July 23. 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 fr
ee 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