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"Final Pages, Final Paragraphs: Crafting the Right Ending for Fiction" ONLINE with Chaitali Sen

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7/18/2020 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)


Many of the best stories have memorable beginnings, but endings are equally important to creating a cohesive piece that resonates with readers long after they have put it down.

The best endings should both satisfy and haunt readers. In this class, we will look exclusively at endings. If you can nail your ending, you have solved the hardest problem of storytelling. This class will cover endings and their role in the story, looking at examples of effective endings, common mistakes in developing endings, and exercises that help us construct and revise endings that feel both inevitable and surprising. There will be examples from published texts and questions to prompt thinking about what makes something an effective or haunting ending.



  • You're writing short stories or a novel.
  • You want to begin planning out your ending before you arrive at it. 
  • You're not yet sure what your ending is.   


Chaitali Sen is the author of the novel The Pathless Sky and numerous short stories and essays published in Ecotone, Shenandoah, New England Review, New Ohio Review, Colorado Review, Electric Literature, LitHub, Los Angeles Review of Books, Catapult, and many other publications. Her story, “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer,” received a special mention in the 2019 Best American Short Stories anthology. Kirkus Reviews called Sen’s debut novel The Pathless Sky (Europa Editions, 2015) “a searingly vivid portrayal of the depths of human emotions-from the first glow of young love to the deeper strength of middle-aged commitment. A poignant and sophisticated work couched in lyrical, effervescent prose.” The novel was a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Best First Fiction, and included on Idra Novey’s Buzzfeed list “10 Books That Challenge Our Political Landscape by Inventing New Ones,” Library Journal’s “Top Fall Indie Fiction,” and’s “25 Essential Reads to Make Women’s History Last Longer than a Month.” She lives in Austin, Texas.






$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

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Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, July 17. 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