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"Troubleshooting Your Novel" ONLINE with Tex Thompson

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7/11/2020 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)


“Write a novel,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said.

Well, if it’s stopped being fun – or if you’ve just been staring at the same slumping word-heap for way too long now – don’t give up! Come prepared with all of your burning manuscript questions for a hands-on, can-do story intervention. Together, we’ll load up your toolbox with problem-solving techniques for novelists’ most frequent creative conundrums like, fixing saggy middles, amping up the plot, and more  - no fear, no shame, no surrender!



  • You're writing a novel.
  • You're struggling with the novel revision process.
  • You've stalled out in the middle of a first draft.



  • "Some really great food for thought about things I think a lot of writers take for granted: sentence structure, and how to really get to 'less is more.'"
  • "The "aha" moment was realizing I was doing my editing in the wrong order and should be doing the developmental/content first, then the line editing and then the proofing finally when all the dust has settled."
  • "Tex's vibrant personality really sells the class, definitely never boring." 


Arianne "Tex" Thompson is a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of the Children of the Drought, an epic fantasy Western trilogy from Solaris, as well as an instructor for LitReactor and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. Now she’s blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, catastrophically cheerful one-woman stampede. Find her online at and! 






$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

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



Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, July 10. 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. If you prefer this option, please email with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time.

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