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"The Long Middle: What to Do Between Beginning and Ending a Novel" with Greg Garrett

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St. Edward's University, Moody Hall 204
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

11/19/2016 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Online registration is now closed for this event. You can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers. Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Location Note: This class is held in Moody Hall, Room 204. This is a different building from past years' classes at St. Edward's University. You can find a campus map here


In any long form narrative, the biggest challenge often comes in writing Act Two, which many writers call "The Long Middle." In this class, writer and master teacher Greg Garrett will talk about and share examples of 

  • how to advance your plot
  • brainstorm complications
  • develop characters
  • plan reversals and rewards
  • and link your beginning and ending organically through the material you write for your second act.


About the instructor: 

Greg Garrett is the author or co-author of over twenty books of fiction, memoir, and nonfiction, including the acclaimed novels Free Bird, Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal. Greg had taught creative writing, literature, and film for over a quarter-century at Baylor University, and has also read, spoken, taught, and led workshops across the US and Europe. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Greg has taught highly-rated courses for the Writers League on novel writing, point of view, dialogue, and many other topics, and enjoys the chance to meet and work with writers at all stages of their careers. He lives with his wife Jeanie and their family in Austin.


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NOTE: 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. For policies, please visit our Classes page.


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