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ONLINE CLASS: "Find Your Novel's Best Ending" with Sara Kocek

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12/11/2017 From 6:30 PM CST to 9:30 PM CST

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$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)


Are you trying to find the perfect ending to your novel?

Does your novel seem to fall apart the closer you get to the end?

Wrapping up a novel in an artful, satisfying way can sometimes feel like a near impossible task. If you’re a writer struggling with an almost-finished novel draft—or a draft with an imperfect ending—you’re not alone. How do you highlight your protagonist’s emotional evolution while simultaneously tying up multiple plot threads and resolving conflicts between characters? It’s a lot to juggle.

In this class, participants will examine what makes an ending meaningful and resonant, how to achieve a balance of “surprising, yet inevitable,” and how to avoid sentimental or overly precious endings. No matter your genre, this class is an excellent choice for any writer confronting the challenge of finishing a novel. Particular focus will be given to techniques to make the ending of the novel echo the beginning and come "full circle" and also how NOT to end a novel.



  • You've written multiple drafts of a novel without finding the right ending.
  • You want help tying up all the loose ends in your book.



Sara Kocek is the author of Promise Me Something and the founder of Yellow Bird Editors, an Austin-based collective of independent editors and writing coaches. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where she taught fiction and poetry to undergraduates and worked as a full-time editorial intern at Random House and Penguin. Prior to pursuing her MFA, Sara graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale University, where she worked as Writing Fellow, tutoring undergraduate and graduate students in academic and creative writing.





$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

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Registration will close on Monday, December 11 at 5 p.m.  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