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"Don't Be So Literal: Using Metaphor to Make Meaning and Beauty" with Liz Garton Scanlon

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

3/28/2015 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Note: Online registration is now closed for this event. If you wish to attend, there are still seats available. Please come to the class at least 15 minutes early and pay with a check (made out to Writers' League of Texas).


$49 for members (log in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

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 26. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check or money order for the walk-up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

For novelists, short story writers, nonfiction authors and more

In this workshop, we'll practice using metaphor to make our prose both more beautiful but also more deeply understood. Stepping out of the literal can make the difference between a piece that is "really well written" and a piece that's merely "written". Let's look at some very fine examples of using this poetic device in prose, and then practice the technique ourselves -- both in stand-alone exercises and also applying it to your own work. **Please bring a work in progress (either hard copy or digital) that feels a little flat and could use some punching up.**

Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, as well as The Good-Pie Party, illustrated by Kady McDonald Denton; Happy Birthday, Bunny, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin; and several others. Upcoming books include In the Canyon, a picture book celebrating the wonder of the Grand Canyon, and her first novel for young readers, The Great Good Summer, due in Spring 2015. Ms. Scanlon is also a poet, teacher and a frequent & popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. To learn more, visit her web site at

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. 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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