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"Structure in Narrative Nonfiction: How to Put the Pieces Together" with Michael Hall

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St. Edward's University, Moody Hall 204
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

4/1/2017 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT. It is at capacity, no registrations will be allowed at the door.

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

Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, March 30. 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!

Location Note: This class is held in Moody Hall, Room 204. This is a different building from past years' classes at St. Edward's University. You can find a campus map here

Writing is easy; anyone can put words and ideas on paper or in the computer. 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 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. In the class, students will do the following:

  • Study several pieces of narrative nonfiction to see how various writers (including Hall) have dealt with this sometimes terrifying issue.
  • 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.


About the instructor: 

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.

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NOTE: 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. For policies, please visit our Classes page.


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