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NaNoWriMo Online Class Package

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$147 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Are you ready to attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days? That's the basic concept of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which happens every November. The dirty secret is that not all who begin NaNoWriMo finish it--in part because life gets in the way but also because our imaginations aren't necessarily used to churning out new, fresh material every day. To help fuel your muse and help you figure out how to keep writing once the month ends, we've put together this package of three online classes. Everyone who registers will have access to the recordings from all three classes for the entire months of November and December.


"Banish the Block! Moving Past Fear and Finding Inspiration in Your Writing" with Stacey Swann

     Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST

Do you feel called to write, but find it almost impossible to sit and face the blank page? This feeling goes by many names: writer's block, resistance, self-doubt, and fear (or we may mislabel it, saying we are just too busy or are natural procrastinators). But no matter what we call it, using various readings and prompts, this class will help you dismantle your personal fears and destructive attitudes and get you writing! This class will offer practical exercises for switching off your critical brain, embracing your creative brain, and generating material.   

Stacey Swann’s fiction has appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals. The former editor at American Short Fiction and former Stegner Fellow, she teaches with Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio. She's at work on Olympus, TX, a novel-in-progress she is whittling down from Texas-sized to a more modest Montana or New Mexico size.


"On the Hero's Journey! Discovering Plot, Character, and Meaning for Your Novel" with Greg Garrett

     Wednesday, November 7 2018, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST

Joseph Campbell's analysis of the archetypal hero's journey inspired George Lucas to write Star Wars and led to a widespread use of the pattern by scriptwriters and story analysts in Hollywood. But anyone telling a longform story can benefit from close study of the model. The Hero's Journey offers writers a useful skeleton or framework for their plots, but it also suggests ways that characters may be transformed during their adventures, and even posits some of the ultimate meanings characters discover along the way.


Greg Garrett is the author of over twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, including the acclaimed novels Free Bird, Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal. He teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at Baylor University, where he has received numerous teaching honors.


"How to Create a Happy, Lazy (and Productive) Writing Practice" with Brittani Sonnenberg

    Thursday, November 29, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST

Our culture is preoccupied with speed and output. That's fine when it comes to texting (and knocking out 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo), but too much pressure to pour out perfect pages instantaneously will send your muse running for the nearest exit. In this class, the instructor will give ways to offer your muse a hammock instead of putting a gun to her head. Paradoxically, this gentle approach allows for a more inspired, efficient, and joyful output, as you learn to write what your soul longs to scrawl, rather than bullying yourself into silence. The goal is to help each participant to find their own best writing practice.

Brittani Sonnenberg writes fiction, nonfiction, and whatever strikes her pen. Lately, she's been seduced by essay comics, poems, and cartoons. She is the author of the novel Home Leave, and her fiction has been published in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008 as well as Ploughshares, Short Fiction, and Asymptote. Her nonfiction has appeared in Time, Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Austin Monthly, and NPR Berlin. She has two odes to Hercule Poirot forthcoming in the North American Review.






$147 members only (sign in for member pricing)

$327 nonmembers


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

Registration will close on Thursday, October 25, at 5 p.m. CST 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. 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