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"Finding the Shift: Crafting Your Story's Turning Point" with Sindya Bhanoo

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

2/22/2020 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

This class is also part of the "Strengthen Your Narrative Punch" Class Package. To purchase the class package, click here.


Does your fiction feel more like a collection of scenes than a complete story?

What is it that makes a story a story? Short stories come in all shapes and forms, but in order for a piece to land, there must be a shift, or the explicit lack of a shift. More often than not, identifying what the shift is, or where the story turns, is something that emerges in the revision process.

This class will look at portions of stories written by Z.Z. Packer, Tania James, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, YiYun Li and others and discuss how authors writes the shift. Is it a dramatic event? An emotional change? A long pending realization? And at what point in the story does the shift occur? Participants will also spend time with their own work. Students should either bring a short story to class that needs work and/or be prepared to generate material based on class discussion. You will leave this class with a better version of your story along with tools you can apply to your other work.



  • You're writing stories, novel, or memoir.
  • You struggle with pacing and narrative structure during revision



Sindya Bhanoo is a fiction writer and journalist. She has worked as a reporter for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Industry Standard. Her fiction has appeared in American Literary Review and Glimmer Train. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers and currently lives in Austin, Texas.


St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704. You can find a St. Edward's University 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, February 20. 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


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