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"Novel Writing Series: Ending at the Beginning" with Greg Garrett

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

11/22/2014 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

At this time, this class is at capacity and registration has been closed. There will be no walk-up tickets available on the day of the class. For more class listings and program policies, please see our Classes page.


$49 for members (log in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Endings are--if possible--even more important than beginnings, and a badly-formed ending can spoil the effect you've spent 300 pages trying to achieve.

In this half-day class, we'll discuss how the ending of a novel differs from other kids of storytelling, consider varieties of endings (including plot resolutions, closing the character arc, and linguistic framing), and study some powerful examples of endings in literary and popular fiction. Most importantly, we'll talk about completing the circle--ending your story where you began so that readers can both see and feel a completed journey.

About the instructor...

Greg Garrett is the author or co-author of twenty books of fiction, memoir, or nonfiction, including the acclaimed novels Free Bird, Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal. The 2013 Centennial Professor at Baylor University, where he teaches creative writing, literature, and film, Greg has also read, spoken, taught, and led workshops across the US and Europe. He has taught highly-rated courses for the Writers League on novel writing, point of view, dialogue, humor, and many other topics, and enjoys the chance to meet and work with writers at every stage of their careers. He lives with his wife Jeanie and their family in Austin.

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. 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. For policies, please visit our Classes page.

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