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"Write Before You Write! Outlining, Planning, Plotting" with Jennifer Ziegler

12/10/2011 From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


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Location: St. Edwards University, Fleck Hall 106, Austin

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 and informational workshop will look at:


* Pinpointing problems that can stall a project
* Using outlines or note cards to prep structure
* Developing characters
* Exploring and understanding setting
* Settling on the right tone or “voice” for a piece

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, Sass & Serendipity, will be featured at the upcoming Texas Book Festival.

$49 members / $109 nonmembers