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"Creative Spark" 3-Class Package

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

8/25/2018 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

$147 for members (sign in for member pricing)


Whether you've lost the joy of writing, have gotten stuck in a draft, or are looking for strategies for expand the possibilities for your manuscript, there's value in revisiting the steps of the writing process. That's why we're offering this package of three classes focusing on key components of the process. They'll be held in Austin at St. Edward's University.

Everyone who registers for the package will also receive one complimentary online class of your choice (to be taken between September 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018). The deadline to register for the package is August 23, 2018. Before purchasing, be sure to check the dates. As always, there are no refunds on classes (you can find our policy at the bottom of this page).

Here are the three classes, focusing on your writing practice as a whole, finding the way forward in your current project, and tapping into the full potential of your manuscript:



"How to Create a Happy, Lazy (and Productive) Writing Practice" with Brittani Sonnenberg

     Saturday, August 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 78704

Our culture is preoccupied with speed and output. That's fine when it comes to texting, but the pressure to pour out perfect pages instantaneously will send your muse running for the nearest exit. In this class, the instructor will give ways to offer your muse a hammock instead of putting a gun to her head.
Drawing on the insights of Brenda Ueland and Louise DeSalvo, this workshop will help participants learn how to “slow up” their writing. Paradoxically, this gentle approach allows for a more inspired, efficient, and joyful output, as you learn to write what your soul longs to scrawl, rather than bullying yourself into silence.
Brittani Sonnenberg writes fiction, nonfiction, and whatever strikes her pen. Lately, she's been seduced by essay comics, poems, and cartoons. She is the author of the novel Home Leave, and her fiction has been published in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008 as well as Ploughshares, Short Fiction, and Asymptote. Her nonfiction has appeared in Time, Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Austin Monthly, and NPR Berlin. She has two odes to Hercule Poirot forthcoming in the North American Review.



"Banish the Block! Moving Past Fear and Finding Inspiration for Your Writing" with Stacey Swann

     Saturday, September 1, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 78704

Do you feel called to write, but find it almost impossible to sit and face the blank page? Do you spend far more time avoiding writing (or worse yet, beating yourself up for avoiding writing) than actually sitting down to work? This feeling goes by many names: writer’s block, resistance, self-doubt, and fear (or we may mislabel it, saying we are just too busy or are natural procrastinators). But no matter what we call it, using various readings and prompts, this class will help you dismantle your personal fears and destructive attitudes and get you writing!

Stacey Swann’s fiction has appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals. The former editor at American Short Fiction and former Stegner Fellow, she teaches with Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio. She's at work on Olympus, TX, a novel-in-progress she is whittling down from Texas-sized to a more modest Montana or New Mexico size.



"Narrative Lab: Experiments for Concocting Livelier, More Interesting Prose" with Adam Soto

     Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 78704

In this class, participants will discuss and conduct experiments in point of view, voice, structure, etc. in order to break free from cliches, leap over dead ends, and generate fiction that is new and exciting. By combining conventional wisdom with ingenuity, the goal is write stories, novels, and memoirs that both satisfy the heart and stimulate the mind. Our journey will begin with an inquiry: What do we have so far and what else can it be?
The instructor will address boring plots, dull aesthetics, placating voices, and cliche themes. For those in editing mode, the class will offer strategies for taking bigger risks, re-seeing their own work, and making daring changes to things they really love but simply aren't working.
Adam Soto is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, Fairy Tale Review, Glimmer Train, fields, etc. He lives in Austin, TX, where he is a teacher, musician, and an assistant editor for American Short Fiction.



St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, Trustee Hall 303. You can find a St. Edward's University campus map here.



$147 members only (sign in for member pricing)

$327 nonmembers

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

Registration for this 3-class package (which includes a complimentary online class) will close at the end of Thursday, August 23. After that you can register for the classes individually at the regular rate - $49 for members and $109 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. 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


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