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"Mapping Your Novel" with Margo Rabb

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 104
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX

9/6/2014 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


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$49 for members (please log in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

“A novel is a tricky thing to map.” –Reif Larsen

Writing a novel can be a tricky, overwhelming, and mystifying process, but this workshop will teach you tips and methods to help you tackle the messy beast and turn it into a workable story. We’ll discuss classic novel structure, how to pinpoint the theme of your book, and important plot points to include. Using index cards, we’ll create a road map for your novel’s plot, and we’ll discuss how to finish your book without giving up.

What to bring:

*A synopsis of your novel, or a list of your novel’s scenes
*A pen or pencil
*A notebook
*A stack of multi-colored index cards

About the instructor...

Margo Rabb is the author of the novels Kissing in America, which will be published by HarperCollins in May 2015, and Cures for Heartbreak, which was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus and Booklist. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, The Rumpus, and Poets & Writers, and her short stories have been published in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, New England Review, Glimmer Train Stories, and One Story, and have been broadcast on NPR. She received the grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in the Atlantic fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. Visit her online at

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. 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 more information, visit our Classes page.


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

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