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"The Novel Hatchery: Moving from Idea to the Page" ONLINE with Stacey Swann

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$109
Register until
2/5/2021


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Location
Online


2/6/2021 From 10:00 AM CST to 1:00 PM CST



 

$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week. 

This class is a part of the Novel Essentials online class package. 

Do you have a great idea for a novel but aren’t sure how to dive in? Or have you already begun but hit an early wall?

No matter what type of novel you’re writing, this class will increase your skills and confidence to jump in head first. Together, we’ll explore the following areas:

  • Foundational pre-writing, getting a clearer sense of our characters and their problems
  • Roadmaps, whether they be detailed outlines or a handful of bullet points
  • Crafting effective opening chapters
  • Using craft elements to expand our drafts: stakes, theme, and setting

By the end of the class, your novels will have cracked their shells, ready to grow and fly to completion.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You're writing or interested in writing a novel.

  • Your work in progress has stalled. 

  • You have a great idea for a novel but feel to daunted to get started.

  • You want to explore outlining.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Stacey Swann holds an MFA from Texas State University and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her fiction has appeared in Epoch, Memorious, Versal, and other journals, and she is a Contributing Editor of American Short Fiction. Her debut novel, Olympus, Texas, publishes from Doubleday in May 2021.

LOCATION

Online 

REGISTRATION

$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 at 5 p.m. CST on Friday, February 5. 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. If you prefer this option, please email wlt@writersleague.org with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time. 

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 wlt@writersleague.org and let us know so that we can update the class roster. 

HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:

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 email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at sam@writersleague.org if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

 

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you'll receive an email with detailed instructions. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can't attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one week after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE.

A couple of days before the class, you will receive an email with login information. Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your computer's Flash or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually take only a few minutes, but you don't want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at member@writersleague.org.

 

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 


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 www.arts.texas.gov.

 

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 www.arts.gov.

 

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.