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"How to Create a Happy, Lazy (and Productive) Writing Practice" ONLINE with Brittani Sonnenberg

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Online Class

11/29/2018 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST


$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.

Registration for this class has closed.


Are you tired of beating yourself up for not writing as often or as long as you think you should?

Our culture is preoccupied with speed and output. That's fine when it comes to texting, but the pressure to pour out perfect pages instantaneously will send your muse running for the nearest exit. In this class, the instructor will give ways to offer your muse a hammock instead of putting a gun to her head. Drawing on the insights of Brenda Ueland and Louise DeSalvo, this workshop will help participants learn how to “slow up” their writing and consider their relationships to words like "work ethic," "success," and "discipline." Paradoxically, this gentle approach allows for a more inspired, efficient, and joyful output, as you learn to write what your soul longs to scrawl, rather than bullying yourself into silence.
This is a practical yet philosophical class designed to interrogate the assumptions we sometimes take for granted about what a writing practice ought to look like. In other words, it's a class about that all-important question, "What does it mean to be a writer?" The goal is to help each participant to find their own best writing practice.



  • You're writing in any genre and are struggling to find a writing practice that works for you and produces work you love.
  • Writing has started to feel like an obligation rather than something you look forward to.



Brittani Sonnenberg writes fiction, nonfiction, and whatever strikes her pen. Lately, she's been seduced by essay comics, poems, and cartoons. She is the author of the novel Home Leave, and her fiction has been published in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008 as well as Ploughshares, Short Fiction, and Asymptote. Her nonfiction has appeared in Time, Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Austin Monthly, and NPR Berlin. She has two odes to Hercule Poirot forthcoming in the North American Review.






$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 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, November 29. 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