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"Narrative Lab: Experiments for Concocting Livelier, More Interesting Prose" with Adam Soto

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

9/15/2018 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

 *This class can also be purchased as part of the Creative Spark Package. You can find more information about it here.

Are searching your manuscript for a secret door into the next, better draft (or the end of the story) that doesn't seem to be appearing?

Experimental fiction doesn't always mean writing from the point of view of a snail or naming your story "Untitled #78"; sometimes, experimental fiction means adjusting variables, measuring results, and making careful observations—the stuff of true experimental inquiry.
In this class, participants will discuss and conduct experiments in point of view, voice, structure, etc. in order to break free from cliches, leap over dead ends, and generate writing that is new and exciting. By combining conventional wisdom with ingenuity, the goal is to write stories, novels, and memoirs that both satisfy the heart and stimulate the mind. Our journey will begin with an inquiry: What do we have so far and what else can it be?
The instructor will address boring plots, dull aesthetics, placating voices, and cliche themes. For those in editing mode, the class will offer strategies for taking bigger risks, re-seeing their own work, and making daring changes to things they really love but simply aren't working.
The class will focus on fiction, but many of the exercises and practices will apply to memoir as well.



  • You're writing in any genre.
  • You've run out of ideas for your story or novel.
  • You feel trapped by the story as you've written it so far and are looking for ways to transform it into a more exciting version of itself.



Adam Soto is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, Fairy Tale Review, Glimmer Train, fields, etc. He lives in Austin, TX, where he is a teacher, musician, and an assistant editor for American Short Fiction.



St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, Trustee Hall 303. You can find a St. Edward's University campus map here.



$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close on Thursday, September 13, at midnight CST. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. 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


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


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


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