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"The One-Day MFA: Lessons in Voice, Character, and Dialogue" with Sara Kocek

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St. Edward's University
Doyle 130

5/18/2013 From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

We're sorry, this class is sold out. To be put on a waiting list, please email Jennifer Ziegler at

$99 for members

$159 for nonmembers

Online registration closes Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - or when class is sold out

This fun, fast-paced workshop is designed to condense the most important lessons of an MFA degree into one comprehensive tutorial. Structured after the MFA model, the class will divide its time between craft lessons, hands-on exercises, and collaborative revision workshops. Whether you write short stories or novels, literary fiction or experimental prose, this close study of the craft of fiction will transform your work-in-progress and develop your life-long skills as a writer.

In this intensive one-day workshop, you will find:

* Techniques to master the fundamentals of fiction, including: voice, character, dialogue, description, point-of-view, and plot
* Exercises that stretch your writing and push the boundaries of your style
* Feedback in a supportive and no-pressure environment
* Techniques for reading like a writer
* Cultivation of good writing habits

Who should attend:

* First-timers and long-timers looking to hone their craft
* Writers who are curious about what an MFA in Creative Writing has to offer
* Anyone who is serious about writing as both an art and a craft

Sara Kocek is the founder of Yellow Bird Editors and the author of the forthcoming novel, Promise Me Something (Albert Whitman & Co). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where she taught fiction and poetry to undergraduates. Prior to pursuing her MFA, Sara graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale University, where her fiction was published in the Yale Literary Magazine and where she was awarded several of the university’s top writing prizes: the Elmore A. Willets prize, the Francis Bergin Memorial Prize, and the McLaughlin Memorial prize. A former full-time editorial intern at Random House and Penguin, she now lives in Austin, Texas, where she worked recently as the Program Director for the Writers’ League of Texas.


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This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. 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


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