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"Setting as Character: How to Make Place More Than Just a Set Piece in Your Writing" with Stephanie Noll

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

11/14/2015 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


 We're sorry, but this class is currently at capacity. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Proof of purchase will be required to enter classroom. Questions? Please see our Classes page or call 512-499-8914.

Part of our November Novel Writing Series

$49 for members (log in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

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

Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, November 12. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

All stories occur in a time and place, and even if you write the most dynamic characters that engage in sparkling dialogue and are immersed in an intricate plot, you need to create a setting that is more than scenery. Where the story takes place can bring your story, memoir, or novel to life, as setting gives your reader a sense of the emotional ground on which your characters walk.

This class will look at novels, memoirs, and short stories where setting becomes a character that the work wouldn’t be the same without. We’ll examine how the writers of selected works establish a place and time in such a way that builds character and tension and makes a work unforgettable, and we’ll complete writing exercises that give us the opportunity to create settings that will enrich our new or existing work.

About the instructor:

Stephanie Noll studied fiction writing at Texas State University, where she earned her MFA. Last fall, she published a young adult novel titled Breach, a book that she co-authored with four other writers. She is a frequent storyteller at The Story Department, a monthly fundraiser for the non-profit Austin Bat Cave. Stephanie has 17 years of teaching experience and has worked as a senior lecturer in the English department at Texas State for the past 8 years. She also leads a memoir writing workshop for female inmates at the Travis County Jail and has written a novel about a standardized test cheating scandal at an inner-city Houston high school.


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NOTE: 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. For more information, visit our Classes page.

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