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"Solving the Mystery of Plot" Online with James Tate Hill

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Online Class

7/23/2019 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST


$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

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All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

Has your plot stalled out (overall or in a particular scene)? Want to know how to fix it?

For many of us, plot is the most mysterious aspect of writing fiction. It’s also the backbone of a good story. How does plot work? How complicated should your plot be? Where does one begin? This course will attempt to demystify this often intimidating element of the writing process. We will examine varieties of narrative structures, ways to keep your scenes moving, mistakes to avoid, and tips for getting your story unstuck. Whatever your genre or skill level, you will learn fresh approaches for telling the story you’re trying to tell.



  • You're writing any sort of fiction.
  • You want both wide lens and scene-level solutions to common plot issues.



  • "The instructor was very candid and did a good job answering questions."
  • "JT was very funny, and he has a great presentation."
  • "Great class, well-organized."



James Tate Hill is the author of Academy Gothic, winner of the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. His stories and essays have appeared in Literary Hub, Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, Waxwing, and Hobart, among others. He is the fiction editor for Monkeybicycle and a contributing editor for Lit Hub, where he writes a monthly audiobooks column.






$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, July 23. 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