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Creative Nonfiction: An Interactive Class

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St. Edward's University
Fleck Hall 106
Austin, TX 78704

2/2/2013 From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  with Suzy Spencer

              $99 for members (log in for member price)

             $159 for nonmembers


What’s creative nonfiction? It’s a book about true events that reads like a novel. It has real-life characters who have goals and face conflict, which creates a plot with turning points, a climax, and a resolution -- all of which result in a lesson learned and a life changed.

What’s an interactive class? It’s one that you control by asking questions that determine the direction of the class.

Does that mean it lacks structure? Absolutely not. Just like a great nonfiction book has structure, so does a great creative nonfiction class.

Over the course of a day, we’ll discuss research, interviewing, story, hook, pacing, and characterization. We’ll discuss self-talk, discipline, determination, how to take criticism (constructive and otherwise), and how to bounce back and keep up one’s resolve no matter the circumstances. It’s about craft of writing, but it’s also about self-confidence and marketing – knowing who you are as a writer and how to express that to others so that you’re completely prepared to meet agents and editors.

Who Should Attend?

  • Writers who are contemplating writing a creative nonfiction book
  • Writers who are struggling with creative nonfiction, be that struggle starting, structuring, marketing, or finding themselves blocked in some way
  • Writers registering for the 2013 Agents Conference
  • Writers seeking agents and publishers within the coming months
  • Writers who want to be the best they can be in order to position themselves above the crowd

What to Bring?

  • Your questions – at least three of them
  • Your fears – all of them
  • A one paragraph synopsis of your book – make sure you get it down to one paragraph
  • And if you’ve started writing, the first page of your book and/or one page from your book that’s causing you anxiety
  • Paper and writing utensil – laptops are fine, but please bring paper and pen or pencil too

Suzy Spencer is the author of five nonfiction books, including Wasted, a New York Times bestseller; Breaking Point, a Doubleday Book Club, Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Guild, and Mystery Guild selection; and Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexuality, a memoir that was named a Barnes & Noble Editor’s Recommendation, Publishers Weekly Fall Pick 2012, and was featured on Katie Couric’s talk show, "Katie." 

Suzy holds a Master of Professional Writing in fiction, a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance, both from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Baylor University.


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This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. 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



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