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"Structure in Narrative Nonfiction: Putting the Pieces Together" with Michael Hall

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

4/13/2019 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)


Want to learn longform nonfiction structure from one of the best magazine writers in Texas?

Anyone can put words and ideas on paper or in the computer. Creating structure, on the other hand, is hard. Deciding how to put together your thoughts, anecdotes, scenes, sentences, and paragraphs can send the smartest writer into fits.

In this class, award-winning Texas Monthly journalist Michael Hall will talk about strategies to break down your words and ideas and put them together into a structure that makes sense and a finished piece that flows smoothly. Students will study several pieces of narrative nonfiction to see how various writers (including Hall) have dealt with this sometimes terrifying issue. They will also talk about tried and true methods of putting together a narrative—and also nontraditional ways. Students will come away with practical ideas for putting together a story and seeing the forest as well as the trees.



  • You want to learn common approaches to structure in nonfiction.
  • You tend to get lost in a piece of writing and struggle to end it.



  • "He was delightful, refreshing and fun."
  • "I loved reading his material and love that he presented work from other writers that he admires. Looking at the different styles was helpful."
  • "Great credibility given his body of work, yet able to break down the process into strategies and techniques that less experienced writers can use. Good use of a variety of examples."



Before joining Texas Monthly in 1997, Michael Hall was an associate editor of Third Coast magazine and the managing editor of the Austin Chronicle. He won a Texas Gavel Award in 2003 for his story about capital punishment, “Death Isn’t Fair,” which was also nominated for a National Magazine Award. Hall’s stories have appeared in the Best American Magazine Writing, the Best American Sportswriting, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Da Capo Best Music Writing. He has also written for Trouser Press, The New York Times, Men’s Journal, and the Austin American-Statesman.



St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, Trustee Hall 303. You can find a St. Edward's University campus map here.



$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


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Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, April 11. 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. 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.


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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