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From Idea to Page: How Keeping a Journal Can Change Your Writing and Your Life

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St. Edward's University
Doyle 130
Austin, TX 78704

4/6/2013 From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

 with Margo Rabb

$49 for members (log in for member price)

$109 for nonmembers


This class will help you begin and maintain a journal writing practice, which can be an essential tool for your writing career. Your journal will help you generate ideas for all types of writing, whether fiction, memoir, essays, poetry, or children’s books – as well as help you cope with your failures and your successes, set goals and chart your career path.

We’ll discuss how to make journal writing a habit, and we’ll address the big questions all writers struggle with: What am I trying to say in my writing? How do I overcome the blocks I face? How do I overcome rejection? How do I make a life as a writer? A journal will also help us address the big questions in our lives, about our most powerful dreams, our deepest desires, our greatest fears, and our biggest joys.

What to Bring:

  • A blank notebook or journal
  • A pen or pencil

Margo Rabb
has kept journals since she was fifteen years old (she has over ninety of them now). She’s the author of Cures for Heartbreak, which won the Teddy Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus and Booklist. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Zoetrope, One Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on NPR. She received first prizes in the Atlantic, Zoetrope, and American Fiction contests, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. Visit her online at

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This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. 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


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