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Intensive: "Make a Long Story Short: Writing a Novel Synopsis" with Jo Whittemore

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Writers' League of Texas Offices
601 South Congress, St. 200 A-3
Austin, TX 78704

10/12/2017 From 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


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$99 for members (members only) 

Are you preparing a synopsis for your novel to send to an agent?

Are you looking for another strategy for outlining and seeing your novel as a whole?

Whether you're getting ready to query agents, revising your novel, or starting a new one, this is the workshop for you! In this special evening intensive class, you will learn the best approaches to writing a synopsis: what should be included, what should be left out, strategies for summing up, and things to avoid. Attendees will read and offer feedbck on one another's synopses (you can opt out if you prefer not to share and the instructor will still offer you feedback on your synopsis) and then receive feedback from the instructor on their pre-workshop synopsis, along with time for clarifying questions, revision, and review (either with peers or the instructor). Participants will leave the class well on their way to having a draft or revision of a synopsis for their writing project.

Prior to the class, each participant will send the following to the instructor:

  • The draft of a synopsis for one writing project (2 pages at most; the goal is to condense it down to a single page).

If you don't have a synopsis, you can still attend the class, but we do urge you to send in what you can in order to have a richer experience.

Sign up soon (current members only!), as registration will be strictly capped at 10.


  • You want to learn strategies for writing an effective novel synopsis.
  • You want feedback on your own synopsis

Jo Whittemore is the author of the tween humor novels Front Page Face-Off, Odd Girl In, D is for Drama, Colonial Madness, and the Confidentially Yours series. She also penned The Silverskin Legacy fantasy trilogy.


Writers' League of Texas offices, 611 S. Congress Ave., Ste, 200 A-3, Austin, TX 78704



$99 members (members only)

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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.




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