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"Finding the Heart of Your Story" with Karleen Koen

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ACC Highland Campus, rm 2210
6101 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

5/23/2015 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Note: Online registration is now closed for this event. If you wish to attend, there are still a few seats available for purchase at the door at walk-up rates. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early and pay with a check (made out to Writers' League of Texas). Members - $59, Nonmembers - $119

$49 for members (please sign in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, May 21. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check or money order for the walk-up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

“One of the hardest things a writer has to learn is that ‘What’s going on?’ means precisely that….” Dwight Swain Techniques of the Selling Writer

Stuck? Writing in circles? Can’t finish? Done but the story world doesn’t seem real? Come spend some time with Dwight Swain’s story question concept. If you can begin to articulate "what's going on," you can find your way to the heart of your characters and plot action. You can take apart and focus your story in a way that will jumpstart your writing again. The story question is both an exploration and an adventure.

Class time includes writing in class, group discussion, and exploration of specific writing problems from class members. Individual writing will not be critiqued. The class is based on Dwight Swain’s Techniques of a Selling Writer.

Participants who have work toward a rough draft of a novel or short story or creative nonfiction will get the most benefit, but everyone is welcome.

About the instructor:

Karleen Koen
’s first novel, Through A Glass Darkly, spent 21 weeks on the New York Times’ bestseller’s list. Other novels include Now Face to Face, Dark Angels (Indie Next bestseller), Before Versailles (best historical fiction, Library Journal and RT Book Reviews). Her books have been Book-of-the-Month Club and Doubleday Club selections as well as Book Sense picks, Border’s New and Notable, and Historical Novels’ Society’s Editors’ Choice. They have been published by Random House, Crown Publishing, Avon Books, Kensington Books, Sourcebooks, Three Rivers Press, Books on Tape, Random House Audio, and Brilliance Bookcassette, as well as by a number of foreign publishers. She is an experienced and award-winning magazine editor and writer/editor and also the cofounder of Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WIVLA) in Houston. She was a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Writing Fellow Summer 2010.


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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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