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"First Draft to Best Draft: Revising Like a Professional" Online with Katherine Catmull

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Online Class

6/25/2019 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST


$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

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


No matter what shape your first draft is in, learning how professional writers and editors revise will make your draft the best it can be.

Congratulations on that completed draft! Now it's time to revise—but you don't even know how to start. Come learn what professional writers and editors know about turning a first draft into a polished, submittable manuscript. No matter what shape your draft is in, these techniques will help make your draft its best self. This class is filled with actual down-on-the-ground advice about how to revise in the most efficient, effective way, including

  • The right revision style for you
  • The key: revising in passes
  • Checking for consistent POV
  • Writing "in-scene"
  • That crucial final read, and much more.

Whether you’re a writer who zipped through your first draft, thinking “I’ll fix it later”—or someone who went over and over each chapter, trying to get it “right” (but it’s still not right)—this class can help.



  • You know that your manuscript needs an overhaul (small or large) but aren't sure how to approach it.
  • You have a tendency to get lost in a revision, lose track of where you are, and never reach the end.



  • "Lots of specific tips for every part of the revision process which I'll actually be able to use. Nothing too general or vague."
  • "I never thought of editing by chapter, especially when it came to major book revisions. I've always had the worst time making manuscript changes because it's so hard to apply them, but now I'll definitely change the way I've been doing things."
  • "I have taken a previous class with this instructor, and I look forward to taking other classes with her in future. She has is professional, well-prepared, able to help students progress."



Katherine Catmull loves revision, whether she’s revising her own work or others' as a freelance editor. She is the author of Summer and Bird, one of Booklist's 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth and a TLA Spirit of Texas Reading pick; and the YA fantasy The Radiant Road, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. She is one of four co-authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities, a collection of scary short stories named one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Best Children’s Books of 2014. Catmull is also an actor and a produced and published playwright.



Online Class



$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 Tuesday, June 25. 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