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Schedule

Creation Nights

Come write with us in a series of evenings, playing with prompts and exercises to develop writing and let your voice be heard. Bust writer’s block, learn to build story skills, and make advances on your project while you write and share.

This weekly session of meetings explores and polishes skills like building lively characters, unlocking the power of settings and description, constructing scenes, and making memorable dialogue. We touch the fun of metaphor and dream up themes. A little instruction, a lot of writing, all done with fun. Hear right away about how you’re succeeding. Take home tools to lift your writing. Expand a work in progress.

To accommodate everyone’s busy schedules, your registration includes one make-up class you can take in an upcoming series. You also receive an hour of creative coaching, copy editing, or development editing.

Eight Tuesdays, 7 PM  $320

January 9 – February 27

Six Fridays, 7 PM  South Austin $240

Finishing School

If you’re working on a book, and writing too little, it’s time to enter Finishing School.

We struggle separately, alone with the pitfalls. Learn to finish together, without judgment or even reading each other’s work. We gather and make our schedules for the week to come, getting specific about what we’ll do. Details help. You receive a partner who does the same. You meet in person because it’s personal work. You promise to text or email them the moment you begin working. We meet seven days later and share how our plan worked. We all plan again, meet again, share about the process.

It’s all powered by practices of the Amherst Writers & Artists. Get your writing finished, polished, and published. Rely upon accountability without judgment, propelled by support.

Four Wednesdays @ 7, starting Jan 17 • $160

South Salon Creation Nights

On six Fridays come write with us in South Austin. We’ll play in our practice of prompts and exercises to develop your writing, your voice, and be heard. Learn to build your story skills while you write on our Salon Series nights.

A series of six meetings covers skills such as building great characters, unlocking the power of setting and description, and even using memorable dialogue. A little class, a lot of writing, all done with fun. Hear right away about how you’re succeeding. Take away tools to lift  your writing skills.

You also get a complimentary hour of editing or creative coaching with your registration. You can make up a missed class in a future session.

Fridays @ 7  Six nights  • $240

Novel Workshop

Next meeting: November 18

Our Saturday series includes manuscript response sessions, discussion and advice on craft and publishing, editing resources and more. Your membership gives you a private coaching session on your project, plus detailed notes to develop up to 200 pages of your manuscript over a single series of meetings.

You offer your writing to our group’s other authors, who also share their pages with you in advance of our meeting. We read writing and offer response, using the AWA Way of both positive and instructive responses in a moderated group. Your own response time, plus your study of and response to the other writers’ work, helps you focus on what’s working in your story. We help you identify places and specifics where storytelling pulls a reader away, or leaves them confused. We talk about where your writing succeeds, too.

Our meetings give you a set of evaluating eyes to help you make changes and grow your story. Capture the power of workshopping — a process that agents and editors say is essential to publication.

Saturdays ongoing, for 8 consecutive workshops. Includes 7,000 words of development editing. Make your book the best it can be.

10-1 PM monthly, third Saturdays • $380

Memoir Workshop

Next meeting: December 2

The Memoirs Workshop series includes manuscript response sessions, lessons on craft and publishing, and resources for industry advice. Your membership also gives you two private writing coach sessions or two hours of edits on your manuscript.

You offer your writing to group members who also share their pages with you—reading in advance of our meetings. We offer responses on the page, using the AWA Way of both positive and instructive responses in a moderated group, then discuss. Your response time, plus your study of other writers’ work, helps you focus on what’s working in your memoir.

Using this balanced instruction and critique, you identify places where storytelling pulls a reader away, or leaves them confused, as well as what was working. Our classes give you tools to make changes and grow your story. Learn about effective characterization, drawing a story arc, devices like section breaks, transitions, taking possession of your story, how to choose your material, and methods to develop and pitch your memoir for publication.

Fourth Saturdays ongoing, for 9 consecutive classes. Includes 7,000 words of development editing. Tell a story from a slice of your life.

10-1 PM, monthly, fourth Saturdays. $490