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"Write Before You Write: Outlining, Planning, Plotting" ONLINE with Jennifer Ziegler

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Location
Online


9/5/2020 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM



 

$49 for Members
$109 for Nonmembers

This class is a part of the Writer's Toolbox Online Class Package. 

Do you ever start a manuscript and end up lost in your own story or know your plot but still find that your writing is blocked?

Before launching into writing that exciting new book idea, it's important to take key first steps that will help prevent project-killing situations. If you tend to get lost in your own story, find yourself written into logistical corners, or get told that your book is too "thin" or has "unrelatable characters," this is the class for you. This class will identify common problems, prescribe remedies, practice helpful exercises, and discuss how you can keep going until "The End." Discover the pre-writing steps you should take depending on you and your project.

Participants will walk away with a clearer idea of what kinds of writers they are and how they need to approach and prepare for new writing projects, plus tips and tricks they can use before launching into a writing project.

 

TAKE THIS CLASS IF 

  • You're writing long-form narrative, such as novels, novellas, memoirs, or plays.

  • You tend to get lost in your own stories and eventually give up.

  • You are often told that your characters come off as flat, unbelievable, or difficult to relate to.

  • You are still learning about yourself as a writer and need to discover the process that works best for you. 

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS CLASS

  • "She is so knowledgeable and designed the materials to be relevant to a wide variety of writers."
  • "Loved Jennifer's characterizations of writers as either blobs or skeletons, and her tools aimed for both."
  • "I continue to be impressed with the accessibility of the material and the instructors for all of the WLT courses. This particular class covered a lot of useful ground."

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Jennifer Ziegler is the author of more than 25 books, including everything from stand-alone novels to series work to TV tie-ins, that range in genre from quirky comedy to action-adventure to dystopian. Her books have been featured on the Lone Star List and International Reading Association’s Young Adults Choice list, recommended on NPR’s “Tell Me More,” optioned for film, and adapted into stage musicals. She also had the honor of serving as The Writers’ League of Texas’s Program Director for several years. Jennifer lives with her husband, author Chris Barton, in Austin, where she continues to write books, lead writing workshops, and give presentations at schools, conferences, and book festivals.

 

LOCATION

Online Class

 

REGISTRATION

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

 

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

Online registration will close at 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, September 4. 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 wlt@writersleague.org 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 wlt@writersleague.org or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:


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.

 

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK: 


Once you register for the class, you'll receive an email with detailed instructions. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can't attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one week after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video.


A couple of days before the class, you will receive an email with login information. Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your computer's Flash or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually take only a few minutes, but you don't want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at member@writersleague.org or call at 512-499-8914.

 


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 


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
www.arts.texas.gov.


 

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 www.arts.gov.

 

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.