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"Getting Your Synopsis Ready for Competitions, Editors, and Agents" ONLINE with Richard Santos

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Online Class

2/12/2019 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST


$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

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Don’t let the dreaded synopsis defeat you. Come learn the key features and common mistakes for your fiction synopsis.

At some point, every writer will need to write a synopsis of their completed book. But too often we put off writing these until the last minute. As a result, synopses often share common weaknesses. This class will explore the standard features of the synopsis, the most common mistakes synopsis writers make, and how a weak synopsis might reflect deeper structural concerns in your manuscript. Any synopses submitted ahead of time will receive an additional edit by the instructor.



  • You're getting ready to query agents with your novel and need to write a synopsis.
  • You've written a synopsis and don't think it's working yet.
  • You want a way to view your novel as a whole, with an eye toward identifying holes and parts that are not working.



  • "Learning about writing a synopsis was exactly what I needed, and Richard did a good job delivering."
  • "Richard's class was very informative and detail oriented."
  • "Clearly presented with great examples. Accessible for questions. Helped to take the mystery of what a synopsis should be."



Richard Z. Santos is a writer and teacher in Austin. He has an MFA from Texas State University. His fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in multiple publications including The Morning News, The Texas Observer, The San Antonio Express News, The Rumpus, and many more. He is a regular reviewer and features writer for Kirkus Reviews. Authors he has interviewed include David Mitchell, Sandra Cisneros, James McBride, Daniel Alarcon, Kevin Powers, and others. He moderates panels for the Writer’s League and the Texas Book Festival. He has judged a category, or two, for the WLT Manuscript Contest multiple times. In a previous career, Richard worked for some of the nation's top political consulting firms, national campaigns, and labor unions.






$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


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Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday, February 12. 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


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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