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"Special Presentation: The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction" with Michael Noll

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ACC Riverside, Room 8100
1020 Grove Boulevard
Austin, TX 78741

4/14/2018 From 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Online registration for this class has closed. You can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $35 for members and nonmembers. Thank you!

$25 members and non-members

We're so excited that our Program Director, Michael Noll, has finally published his book, The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction. Some of you have taken classes with him or attended his presentation on first pages at the Agents & Editors Conference, and so you've gotten a taste for his detailed, practical approach to the craft of writing. As Program Director, he doesn't get to teach that often, and so we're thrilled to offer this special presentation of exercises from his book.

Oftentimes, craft is central to first drafts and figuring out the direction of your story, but in this 1 1/2 hour special presentation, Michael will offer a series of exercises that can be used for transforming rough drafts into more exhilerating versions of themselves. Using excerpts from award-winning and bestselling authors, Michael will demonstrate techniques for making setting dramatic (and not just a backdrop), clarifying character, organizing plot, tightening scenes, and sharpening your prose. Expect to walk away with practical tools for revising any manuscript.

Everyone who registers will receive a copy ofThe Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction. If you already have a copy, you will have the option of donating the copy from the class to Free Minds, the ACC-affiliated program that offers people with limited incomes the opportunity to take college humanities classes for ACC credit and start or restart their college careers. 



  • You feel overwhelmed by the revision process.
  • Your revision can't seem to escape the bounds of your rough draft.
  • You're tackling a first or second draft and are looking for techniques to strengethen your writing.
  • You want to be inspired - and receive a copy of a great book, too!



Michael Noll is a writer, teacher, and program director at the Writers’ League of Texas. His short stories have been published widely, including in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology, and he has taught for more than a decade at the university level and in independent classes in Austin, New Mexico, and online. At Read to Write Stories, he has interviewed more than 150 authors about the craft behind the work, a wealth of experience that informs his book, The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction.



ACC Riverside, 1020 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741, Room 8100. You can find a campus map here.



$25 members and non-members

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

Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, April 12. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $35 - as long as seats (and books) are available. 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.


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


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


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