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"How to Workshop Your Writing" with John Pipkin

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ACC Highland Campus, rm 2210
6101 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

10/3/2015 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This class is currently at capacity. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Proof of purchase will be required to enter classroom. Questions? Please see our Classes page or call 512-499-8914.

$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, October 1. After that you can 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!


Workshops are a tried and true way to gain valuable feedback on a work-in-progress. Giving and receiving good workshop feedback is a learned skill that writers can develop and hone, and learning how to participate in and benefit from a workshop can be invaluable to any writer looking to take their craft to the next level. Allowing other writers to critique your work in a group setting (where you critique their work in turn) offers fresh eyes and a fresh perspective, helps you to zero in on problems you might be overlooking, strengthens your skills as a reader, and opens the way to communing with your peers in a safe, nurturing environment.

Upon registering, you will be emailed a selection of published stories to read before the class convenes. These stories will be the basis of an in-class critical discussion or "sample workshop."

Through the lessons and handouts, you will leave the class with a greater understanding of...

-- what to consider when reading works with a critical eye, including how to identify what is working within a piece and, just as important, what isn't working and why, and how to identify the narrative structure and rhetorical strategies at work;
-- how to "read like a writer" -- tools for better understanding the technical aspects -- the nuts and bolts -- of storytelling and how to apply those techniques to your own stories;
-- how to give feedback in a helpful and constructive way;
-- how to accept feedback in a workshop and how to apply it to your work-in-progress.

NOTE: This class is requried in order to sign up for one of our Advanced Craft Workshops, but does not guarantee admission. The price of this half-day class will go toward the cost of the workshop if accepted as a participating student. (Good toward first workshop only.) For more information on our advanced MFA-style workshops, click HERE or call us at 512-499-8914.

About the instructor:

John Pipkin’s first novel, Woodsburner, was published to national acclaim by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in April 2009. Woodsburner won the New York Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Massachusetts Center for the Book Novel Prize, and the Texas Institute of Letters Stephen Turner Prize for First Novel. John was the Dobie Paisano Fellow at UT-Austin for the spring of 2011, and he recently finished his second novel, The Blind Astronomer’s Atlas. He received his Ph.D. in British Literature from Rice University in 1997. Currently, he is the Writer-in-Residence at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and he teaches in the Brief-residency MFA Program at Spalding University, in Louisville, Kentucky.

REGISTRATION BY MAIL: 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.

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.

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

The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank Austin Community College for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit