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ONLINE CLASS "Honing the Spark and Mapping Out Your Revision" with Charlotte Gullick

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Online Class

10/11/2017 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST


$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.


Do you need a sense of direction for your book revision?

Do you worry that you're revising individual parts but losing sight of the book as a whole?

As writers revise, it's useful to create a roadmap for what is needed to revise a current book-length draft into an engaging manuscript.

In this class, the instructor will discuss how to create a roadmap for what is needed to revise your current book-length draft into an engaging manuscript. Students will explore strategies for assessing what they have and what is needed and how to close the gap between the two--at the same time honoring the initial spark that started the work. Students are asked to have on hand the first 5 and last 5 pages of their current draft, as well as 5 middle pages. The instructor will present a guided examination of them for themes, primary symbols, and subplots to deepen or eliminate.

The class will also explore our willingness (or lack thereof) to let go of current pages in order to create better ones.

This session is for any writer with a book-length manuscript in progress.

  • You have a book-length manuscript in progress, in any genre.
  • You have started and abandoned a novel because the middle act fell apart.
  • You're starting a new novel and can sense that there isn't enough force to propel it through several hundred pages.



Charlotte Gullick is Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College. She holds BA in Literature/Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz  and a MA in English/Creative Writing from UC Davis as well as a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her awards include a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship for Fiction, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, and residencies at  MacDowell and Ragdale.





$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.

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

Registration will close on Wednesday, October 11, at 5 p.m. 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