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"In the Rough: Tips to Help You Finish Your First Draft" with Karleen Koen

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
Austin, TX 78704

5/31/2014 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Preregistration for this workshop is now closed. If seats are available, you can purchase them at the classroom door 15 minutes before class starts on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Walk-up rates will apply unless you contact the office ahead of time. Payment must be with check, cash (exact amount please), or money order. For more information, please call 512-499-8914 by 4 pm 5/30/14 or write us at


$49 for members/ $59 walk-up rate

$109 for nonmembers/ $119 walk-up rate

I think I'm a fraud every time I sit down at my typewriter. ~William Goldman

The rough draft of a novel can either be the hardest part of finishing a novel or the easiest. Bring your rough draft problems to this half-day workshop about the draft of a novel -- a sneak peek at what will be a week long class in Alpine, Texas in the Writers' League of Texas's Summer Writing Retreat.

Topics for this half-day workshop include:

  • Common misconceptions

  • An overview of structure and craft

  • A few writing exercises

  • Discussion of projects in progress

First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about. ~Bernard Malamud

Karleen Koen’s first novel, Through A Glass Darkly, was a New York Times bestseller and her most recent novel Before Versailles, was included among the best historical fiction of 2011 by The Library Journal and RT Book Reviews. She is the author of four novels. Her books have been Book-of-the-Month Club and Doubleday Book Club selections as well as Indie Next bestsellers, Book Sense picks, Border’s and Barnes and Noble’s New and Notable, and Historical Novels Society’s Editors’ Choices. They have been published by Random House, Crown Publishing, Avon Books, Kensington Books, Sourcebooks, Three Rivers Press, Books on Tape, Random House Audio, and Brilliance Bookcassette, as well as by foreign publishers. She is an experienced and award-winning magazine editor and writer/editor and was a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Writing Fellow Summer 2011. Visit her website at and her blog at

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NOTE: All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. 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.

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