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ONLINE "Strategies for Structure Within a Novel" with Stephanie Noll

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Online Class

9/19/2017 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST


$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.


Are you struggling to find a structure that works for chapters or pieces within your novel?

Do you feel trapped by the minute-to-minute movement of time in particular scenes or between them?

When organizing a novel, writers have lots of strategies for structure at their disposal. Still, most novels are broken into chapters, and it can be challenging to figure out how to structure those chapters.

In this class, participants will learn the function of chapters in a novel, the difference between successful and unsuccessful chapters, how to determine chapter length, and strategies for the beginning, middle, and end of chapters. Participants will read published excerpts and participate in writing exercises (on new work or their work-in-progress) so that they leave the class with a stronger sense of how to best arrange pieces of their manuscript into a coherent whole.



  • You are looking for practical ideas on how to organize a book length work.
  • Your novel chapters start with the character waking up and end with the end of a day--and you wish that they didn't.




Stephanie Noll studied fiction writing at Texas State University, where she earned her MFA. She is a frequent storyteller at The Story Department, a monthly fundraiser for the non-profit Austin Bat Cave, and has also told stories at Listen to Your Mother, Backyard Story Night, Hyde Park Story Night, and the Tellers. Stephanie has 18 years of teaching experience and works as a senior lecturer in the English department at Texas State where she recently was awarded an Excellence in Teaching award. Stephanie is the director of Old Books for New Teachers, an organization that helps first-year teachers build classroom libraries. She has written a novel about a standardized test cheating scandal at an inner-city Houston high school.





$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.

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Registration will close on Wednesday, August 23, at 5 p.m. 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