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Write Before You Write! Outlining, Planning, and Plotting

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St. Edward's University, Moody Hall 209
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

11/9/2013 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

with Jennifer Ziegler


NOTE: Online registration is now closed, but there are still two seats open. If you would like to attend, please call 512-499-8914 before 4 pm Friday, November 8. You can also arrive early to class and pay at the door. Thank you!

$49 members (log in to get member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Do you ever start a manuscript and end up lost in your own story? Do you know your plot but still find that your writing is blocked? Or do you have a terrific idea for a book but are unsure where to start? If your answer is yes to any of the above, you might benefit from some “prewriting” techniques. No matter what your project is – nonfiction, article, essay, short story, or fiction of any genre – prewriting can help you shape your concept, lay out a basic structure, better understand setting and character, and spot potential problems before they can throw you off track.

This fun, informational workshop will look at:

  • Pinpointing problems that can stall a project
  • Using outlines, note cards, and other tools to prep structure
  • Developing deeper characters
  • Exploring and understanding setting
  • Hitting upon the right tone or "voice" for a story
  • Discovering how YOU write best

Jennifer Ziegler is an Austin-based author who has written over twenty novels for such publishers as Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Putnam. Her YA novel How Not to Be Popular was a pick for the 2009 Lone Star Reading List and made the 2010 International Reading Association’s Young Adults’ Choice List. Her newest book, Revenge of the Flower Girls, will be released by Scholastic in spring of 2014. Jennifer is currently the Program Director for the Writers' League of Texas.


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This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. 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 St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit