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"Writing Your True Story for a Magazine: From Start to Finish in One Day"

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 116
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

3/29/2014 From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

with Michael Noll

$99 for members (log in to website for member price)

$159 for nonmembers

Do you listen to NPR or read a piece on Salon and start narrating your own life into a story? This class will help you turn those ideas into submission-ready personal essays. An explosion of online magazines has created a new kind of literary work: the 800-1000 word essay that focuses on personal experience. Even the New York Times publishes its own version: the “Lives” section at the back of its weekly magazine. Narrative Magazine features “Reader’s Narratives.” These journals tell stories from all walks of life and geographies and routinely publish new writers.

In this class, you will bring material (ideas, notes) and leave with a substantial portion of a finished essay. The class will use guided writing prompts and exercises, analysis of published work, a Q&A session, and the opportunity for direct feedback on your work.

This class is perfect for:
--Memoir writers seeking to publish small excerpts of their book
--Fiction writers who want to apply their craft to personal stories
--Any writer who wants a stronger approach to structure
--Writers who find that they prefer reading nonfiction

Michael Noll teaches writing at Texas State University and edits Read to Write Stories, a site that offers writing exercises based on published stories, novel excerpts, and essays. His work has been published at American Short Fiction, Narrative Magazine, Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project. He was formerly the writer in residence at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle, TX. He’s currently at work on a story collection set in rural Kansas and a novel, Seven Attacks of the Dead.

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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.


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