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"The Craft of Short Fiction: Telling the Story with Fewer Words and More Punch" with Lindsey Lane

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ACC Highland Campus, rm 2202
6101 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

2/18/2017 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


$49 for members (log in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

Online registration has closed. Walk up registration will be accepted - 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!

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

Crafting short stories requires great openings, vivid details, escalating tension, a tightly choreographed climax, and a perfect ten ending. In this half-day, hands-on class, we’ll explore:

  • Building a strong narrative arc
  • How to use dialogue to advance plot and reveal character
  • Bringing the setting to life with the tiniest details
  • Creating a balance between action and exposition

Short stories must do everything that novels do in much less space. In addition to tackling the craft elements above, we will also look at these very important questions: Why is this story happening now? How do you use backstory so that it works like fate on the pages of your story?

We will examine specific published stories and do writing exercises to make every tool in your writing toolbox more accessible and easier to use. As an added bonus, participants will receive an up to date document of short story submission outlets.

This class is for all writers (beginning to advanced) who want to sharpen their short story writing tools.


About the instructor:

Lindsey Lane is an award-winning playwright and children’s and young adult author. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut young adult novel Evidence Of Things Not Seen (Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2014) is a “unique, powerful novel,” said Francisco Stork, author of Marcelo and the Real World. Publisher’s Weekly said, that “offers a gripping and genre-bending mosaic centered around the sudden disappearance of physics-obsessed high school junior Tommy Smythe.” The Horn Book said, “Complex and rich, the story hints at Tommy’s fate, but with an open ending that is perfect for sparking discussion.” Lindsey is also the author of the award-winning picture book (Clarion) and iTunes app (PicPocket) Snuggle Mountain, illustrations by Melissa Iwai, which was named Best Children’s Book of 2004 by Bank Street College of Education. She lives in Austin, Texas with her family.


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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.

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

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