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"Ten Steps to a Leaner, Cleaner, Meaner Manuscript" ONLINE with Tex Thompson

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Online Class

11/20/2019 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST

Registration for this class has closed. All registrants will have access to the class recording for one month.

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Learn editing strategies for making your finished draft as tight and gripping as it can be.

Do your sentences sag? Does your description drag? Or is your manuscript simply struggling to lose those last 5,000 words? Never fear! Now you can trim and tone your prose in a fearless, fun session that’s guaranteed to leave your work leaner, cleaner, and meaner than ever before. Come learn how to take your writing style from flab to fab!



  • You're finishing a draft that you will send to agents or editors.
  • You want to improve the sentence-level quality of your writing.



  • "Some really great food for thought about things I think a lot of writers take for granted: sentence structure, and how to really get to 'less is more.'"
  • "The "aha" moment was realizing I was doing my editing in the wrong order and should be doing the developmental/content first, then the line editing and then the proofing finally when all the dust has settled."
  • "Tex's vibrant personality really sells the class, definitely never boring."



Tex Thompson is an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU and the author of the internationally-published Children of the Drought series. She is also the founder and 'chief instigator' for WORD - Writers Organizations 'Round Dallas. When she's not leading the charge at home in Dallas, Tex brings her particular brand of 'red-penthusiasm' to conferences, conventions, and workshops all over the country.






$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


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Registration will close on Wednesday, November 20, 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


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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