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"The Narrative Craft of Academic Writing" ONLINE with Sara Saylor

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Online Class

9/13/2018 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST


$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

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


What if you could enjoy academic writing?

All scholars need to write, but many of us find writing mysterious and intimidating. This class demystifies academic writing, presenting it as a craft that can be learned and strengthened through practice. You’ll learn to navigate unfamiliar new genres, understand your audience’s expectations, and explain your ideas with clarity.

This class introduces strategies that any scholar can use to build a more confident and joyful writing practice. The instructor will discuss five key questions that guide academic writing across disciplines:

  1. What's your question?
  2. What have other researchers argued about your question?
  3. What's your argument?
  4. How do you know? and
  5. Why does it matter?

The class will also analyze model texts from diverse disciplines, including grant proposals, abstracts, and journal articles, to learn from their structure and style. Finally, participants will explore resources where they can find further guidance with specific concerns, such as grammar, citation, and writing in English as an additional language.


  • You're an early-career scholar, graduate student, or college student.
  • You want to strengthen your academic writing practice by getting back to basics.
  • You have questions about academic writing, but you’re not sure where to find help.


Dr. Sara Saylor is a writing coach and educator who specializes in supporting doctoral students. She has a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin and 14 years of experience teaching and editing academic writing. As a private writing coach and former coordinator of a university-wide doctoral writing support program, Sara has supported hundreds of scholars across disciplines, experience levels, and language backgrounds. Sara's research-based workshops encourage students to strengthen their independent writing practices through hands-on experience and open communication.







$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 Thursday, September 13, 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