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"Narrative Process" 3-Class Package

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


$147, Members Only

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Registration for this package has closed. You may still register for the individual classes online or by walking in--as space allows.

There are certain steps to writing any story that every writer encounters: coming up with and developing the initial idea, planning out and outlining the draft, and revision. Even experienced writers find that they need to relearn these skills since every book presents its own challenges. Whether you're kicking off the new year focused on a new writing project or tackling a revision, writing your first or your fifteenth book, there's always value in revisiting the steps of the narrative process.

That's why we're offering this package of three classes focusing on key components of the writing process. They'll be held in Austin at St. Edward's University.

Everyone who registers for the package will also receive one complimentary online class of your choice (to be taken between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018). The deadline to register is January 18, 2018. Before purchasing, be sure to check the dates. As always, there are no refunds on classes.

Here are the three classes:



"Break Through Writer's Block and Invigorate Your Manuscript" with Jardine Libaire 

     Saturday, January 20, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 78704

At some point, every writer needs strategies for getting through impasses that "force" new insight, fresh detail, or alternative plot points. The key is to find the trouble spots, and use exercises and prompts to interact with your manuscript in a way that immediately revives a scene or setting or character, opens a new door in the plot, or simply re-engages you and moves the work forward. We've all found ourselves locked into our own manuscript, feeling trapped--and this class will open it up and move fresh air through the story. Participants will learn ways to experiment so the work thrives and grows--without risking damage to the manuscript.

Jardine Libaire's most recent novel, White Fur, was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Selection, an Amazon Best Book, and a Book of the Month Club pick. Her first novel Here Kitty Kitty will be re-published by Hogarth in 2018. Her television-series adaptation of White Fur with FilmNation Entertainment recently sold to Amazon Studios, where she continues to develop it as sole writer. Her creative nonfiction collaboration with photographer Phyllis B. Dooney Gravity Is Stronger Here came out in April 2017. She co-wrote a YA series called The Upper Class under the pen name Caroline Says.


"Write Before You Write: Steps to Take Before You Draft" with Jennifer Ziegler

     Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 78704

Before launching into writing that exciting new book idea, make sure you take key first steps that will help prevent project-killing situations. If you tend to get lost in your own story, find yourself written into logistical corners, or get told that your book is too "thin" or has "unrelatable characters," this is the class for you. This half-day class will identify common problems, offer remedies, practice helpful exercises, and discuss how you can keep going until "The End." Discover the pre-writing steps you should take depending on your project and the type of writer you are.

Participants will walk away with a clearer idea of what kinds of writers they are and how they need to approach and prepare for new writing projects, plus tips and tricks they can use before launching into a writing project.

Jennifer Ziegler is the author of over 25 books, including everything from stand-alone novels to series work to TV tie-ins, and range in genre from quirky comedy to action-adventure to dystopian. Her books have been featured on the Lone Star List and International Reading Association’s Young Adults Choice list, recommended on NPR’s “Tell Me More,” optioned for film, and adapted into stage musicals.


"Layering: A Structured Approach to Revision" with Chaitali Sen

     Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

      ACC Highland Campus, Austin, TX 78704

Revision can be the most rewarding part of the writing process, but it can also be the most overwhelming. During revision, your manuscript might get worse before it gets better, so how do you go through that without getting stuck in the mess and losing your way entirely? This class will provide a logical sequence of steps to make the revision process more purposeful and productive.

In this half-day class, we’ll talk about a layering approach to revision – sweeping through your manuscript and addressing one issue at a time. We’ll discuss a logical sequence of “layers” and experiment with different formats for creating a revision plan that works for you and your manuscript.

Chaitali Sen is the author of The Pathless Sky. Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Ecotone, New England Review, New Ohio Review, Colorado Review, Catapult, LitHub, Los Angeles Review of Books, Chicago Quarterly Review, and other journals. She holds an MFA from Hunter College.



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.



$147 members only (sign in for member pricing)

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

Registration will close at the end of Thursday, January 18. After that you can register for the classes individually at the regular rate - $49 for members and $109 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 herefor 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