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"Defamation and Invasion of Privacy for Memoirists and Fiction Writers" with Melynda Nuss

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ACC Highland
6101 Airport Bouldevard
Austin, TX 78704

2/16/2019 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

Registration for this class has closed. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows at the member walk-in rate of $59 and non-member rate of $119.


If someone doesn't like what you've written, can they sue you?

Lots of writers are worried about liability for defamation. Most of them don't need to be, but some of them do. This class will help writers learn how to navigate the legal landscape by covering the basics of libel and slander, as well as invasion of privacy, your subjects' right to control their own name and image, and other tricky legal claims. We'll also discuss how to minimize your risk of legal trouble -- and when you need to call a lawyer.



  • You're using real-life individuals as the models for your characters in your fiction.
  • You're writing nonfiction about people who can be identified from your work.



  • "Excellent course!"
  • "Really enjoyed the class."
  • "The instructor made this info really clear and easy to understand."



Melynda Nuss specializes in the legal needs of professional writers. She handles copyrights, free speech and defamation issues, as well as contracts with publishers, illustrators, and the other professionals who help the writer polish and market their work. She is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas, and she volunteers her time with the Texas Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts. She is currently the only lawyer in Texas recommended by the Authors’ Guild. She is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, and lives in Austin with her husband, author Jose Skinner.



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$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


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

Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, February 14. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 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