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"Revision and Editing Essentials" 4-Class Package

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St. Edward's University
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704


$196 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Due to a temporary website issue, feel free to call our office to pay by credit card: 512-499-8914

A writer is someone who writes, but a published writer is someone who writes and then revises and edits until the work is the best it can be. From large-scale revision to final edits to getting that first page as strong as possible, it's crucial to send out your most polished and captivating work.

That's why we're offering this package of four classes focusing on the craft of revision and editing. They'll be held in Austin at St. Edward's University.

Everyone who registers for the package will also receive one complimentary online class of your choice (to be taken between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019). The deadline to register is January 24, 2019. Before purchasing, be sure to check the dates. As always, there are no refunds on classes.

Each class can be purchased individually by clicking on the class title.


"Crafting Openings that Will Hook Readers" with Lindsey Lane

     Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Beginnings are not magic but they need to bewitch the reader and make them want to enter the world you are creating. How do we do that? Participants will learn very specific techniques (Point of View, Voice, Setting, Character) to make the openings of their stories compelling. A great beginning gives readers enough details so they know where they are but not so many that you kill their curiousity.
In this class, participants will dig in and examine the openings of published writers to see what makes readers lean in. The instructor and class will also look at the openings of some class members’ stories and discuss specific ways to revise to make the openings more irresistible.

Lindsey Lane is an award-winning playwright and children’s and young adult author. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut novel Evidence Of Things Not Seen is a “unique, powerful novel,” said Francisco Stork, author of Marcelo and the Real World. Publishers Weekly said, that it “offers a gripping and genre-bending mosaic.” Lindsey is also the author of the award-winning picture book and iTunes app Snuggle Mountain, illustrations by Melissa Iwai, which was named Best Children’s Book of 2004 by Bank Street College of Education.


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

     Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

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, revising in passes, hecking for consistent POV (the quickest way to kill a book chances), writing "in-scene," and that crucial final read.
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.


Two classes in one day with editing guru Tex Thompson!

"Ten Steps to a Leaner, Cleaner, Meaner Manuscript" with Tex Thompson

     Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Do your sentences sag? Does your description drag? Or is your manuscript simply struggling to lose those last 5,000 words? Never fear! Now you can trim and tone your prose in a fearless, fun session that’s guaranteed to leave your work leaner, cleaner, and meaner than ever before. Come learn how to take your writing style from flab to fab!


"Sparkling Sentences and Glitzy Grammar" with Tex Thompson

     Saturday, May 25, 2019, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Are you tired of apologizing for your lack of syntactical savvy? Sick of crying in your commas, panicking over prepositions, and second-guessing your sentences? It’s not too late to become a confident writer! Join us as we ditch the sentence diagrams and MLA handbooks to focus exclusively on the grammar issues that are relevant for storytellers of all stripes – in a fun, fearless, fast-paced workshop guaranteed to leave you feeling empowered and inspired!

Tex Thompson is an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU and the author of the internationally-published Children of the Drought series. She is also the founder and 'chief instigator' for WORD - Writers Organizations 'Round Dallas. When she's not leading the charge at home in Dallas, Tex brings her particular brand of 'red-penthusiasm' to conferences, conventions, and workshops all over the country.



St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704. You can find a St. Edward's University campus map here.



$196 members only (sign in for member pricing)

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

Registration will close at the end of Thursday, January 24, 2019. After that you can register for the classes individually at the regular rate - $49 for members and $109 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. 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


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