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"How to Make Twitter a Writer's Best Friend" Online with Richard Santos

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4/9/2019 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST


$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

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All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.


Want to learn to use twitter as a writer--not just to promote yourself but to engage in the literary community?

An active social media presence is practically required for writers in the twenty-first century. Twitter is the friendliest, easiest to use, and most helpful social media platform for writers. Every day, thousands of writers, agents, and editors take to Twitter to find new books, give writing advice, and take part in a dynamic literary community. This class will help writers learn the basics of twitter, allow them to explore advanced options (such as lists and hashtags), learn proper twitter etiquette when interacting with agents or editors, and show how to enter “pitch contests” that can change a writer’s life. Whether you’re new to the platform or a seasoned user, we’ll learn how to turn Twitter into a writer’s best friend.
Each participant should have an active Twitter account that they know how to use.



  • You've been told to get active on social media but aren't sure how to make the best use of the medium.
  • You want to post on social media about something other than your own writing.
  • You want to learn to listen in on professional writers, agents, and editors talk about the business.

  • "The ease with which Richard approaches the whole weird Twitterspace made it suddenly seem accessible (even for those who don't assume the world wants to hear everything they say) and no longer daunting."
  • "'Twitter is a party conversation. Sometimes you hear great stuff, sometimes stuff you wish you hadn't heard. But it's supposed to be fun.' This, the very first thing Richard said in the class, was a shock and a breakthrough for me."
  • "I learned Twitter has lists and filters. Twitter has contests!"


Richard Z. Santos is a writer and teacher in Austin. He has an MFA from Texas State University. His fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in multiple publications including The Morning News, The Texas Observer, The San Antonio Express News, The Rumpus, and many more. He is a regular reviewer and features writer for Kirkus Reviews. Authors he has interviewed include David Mitchell, Sandra Cisneros, James McBride, Daniel Alarcon, Kevin Powers, and others. He moderates panels for the Writer’s League and the Texas Book Festival. He has judged a category, or two, for the WLT Manuscript Contest multiple times. In a previous career, Richard worked for some of the nation's top political consulting firms, national campaigns, and labor unions.



Online Class



$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


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Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday, April 9. 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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