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Plot, the backbone of your story.

Plot, the backbone of your story.

2015 Workshops

In this Workshop Intensive, you will give pages from your work in progress to a partner for review and you will provide feedback on the work of other class members.

Throw out tests, grades, text books, and bring your creative imagination to this 8-week Writer’s Studio Workshop. Students experience the Writing Life by working on their own novel rather than undertaking classroom writing exercises assigned by a teacher.

Since scenes are the building blocks of novels, participants are encouraged to craft a ‘scene’ each week, so that by the end of the workshop everyone has a working understanding of how to write a scene.

Each week everyone gets a new feedback partner as a way of discovering many points-of-view on their work. Instruction is given in the best practices for real-world feedback so reader comments serve to promote growth and confidence in your ability to shape your story.

The class focuses on commercial genre fiction as opposed to literary fiction and is a safe place to begin a novel or to unveil a budding novel-in-progress. And since scenes crafted for either novels or film depend on the same internal dynamic, and because it is faster to view a film than to read a book, the class uses case studies from film and TV.

This Writer’s Studio Workshop provides an Experience of the Writing Life and provides short lectures on Elements of the Novel.

Date:    Oct. 4 – Nov. 22, 2015
Time:   Sunday Afternoons, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Place:   UT-Austin Continuing Education
Price:  $115
Requirements:     Bring $20 to the first class for your:
                                       – workshop materials
Students are expected to print out copies of their work, at their own expense, and bring them to class.

Writing Process

Come spend Sunday afternoons with a group of like-minded writers and start something new or to pick up that novel you put down and somehow never got back to.


  • How to workshop your novel
  • How write scenes – the building blocks of novels
  • How to create character goals, motivations and conflicts in scenes
  • How the plot is different from the dramatic structure.
  • How to crafting a concise description of your novel.
  • Submitting draft projects to agents.

Make 2015 the year you Kickstart that stalled novel…

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