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"Final Pages, Final Paragraphs: Crafting the Right Ending for Fiction" with Chaitali Sen

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ACC Highland, Building 1000, Room 1306
6101 Airport Bouldevard
Austin, TX 78704

10/13/2018 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

 *This class can also be purchased as part of the Novel Essentials Package. You can find more information about it here.

Your ending is as important as your beginning. Nailing your ending determines the success of the piece.
Many of the best stories have memorable beginnings, but endings are equally important to creating a cohesive piece that resonates with readers long after they have put it down. The best endings should both satisfy and haunt readers. In this class, we will look exclusively at endings. If you can nail your ending, you have solved the hardest problem of storytelling.

This class will cover endings and their role in the story, looking at examples of effective endings, common mistakes in developing endings, and exercises that help us construct and revise endings that feel both inevitable and surprising. There will be examples from published texts and questions to prompt thinking about what makes something an effective or haunting ending.



  • You're working on a novel.
  • You want to begin planning out your ending before you arrive at it.
  • You're not yet sure what your ending is.



  • "This was one of the best classes I've taken through WLT. I really appreciated the mixture of handouts, discussion, prompts, and some time to work on our writing. Great class!! Would definitely recommend to others."
  • "There were moments when you heard the entire class go "ohhh" in a collective understanding of something that seems simple and obvious but clearly wasn't. Came away with excellent tips and direction."
  • "I went home and started revising my manuscript using her method."



Chaitali Sen is a writer and educator based in Austin, Texas. Her debut novel, The Pathless Sky, was published by Europa Editions in 2015. Short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in Ecotone, New England Review, New Ohio Review, Colorado Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, LitHub, Catapult, and other journals. She is a graduate of the Hunter College MFA program in Fiction and founder of the interview series, Borderless: Conversations in Art, Action, and Justice.



ACC Highland Campus, Building 1000, Room 1306, 6101 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78752. You can find an ACC Highland campus map here.



$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, October 11. 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