Deep Reading

Once a month we meet to discuss writing, books, and writing craft. Deep Reading is a practice to get better at how to examine writing and talk about the craft. You can bring a craft book to a Deep Reading meeting and share what it’s taught you. It’s more than an author book club — it’s a resource group made up of authors. We find allies and members for our tribe at meetings.

Saturday Dec. 8: Self-editing and building your author tribe. Austin Central Library Branch. 11:30-1 PM.

South Salon Creation Nights

On Fridays come to 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 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 one missed class in a future session.

December 7 and 14, 7 PM

Fridays • $80

Finishing School

Jan. 16 – Feb. 13

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 in a group, without judgment or even reading each other’s work. We talk out loud about our process in previous week. We gather and make schedules for the week to come, getting specific about what we’ll do. Details help. You meet a finishing buddy who does the same. We meet in person because it’s personal work. You promise to text or email your buddy the moment you begin working each day. We meet seven days later and share how our plans worked. We all plan again, meet again, share about our process.

It’s all powered by practices of the Amherst Writers & Artists. Get your writing finished, polished, and ready to be published. Get validation for your writing, then rely upon accountability without judgment. Find your best way to the finish.

Five Wednesdays • $200

Novel Workshop

10-1 PM, monthly

Our series includes manuscript response sessions, discussion, and advice on craft and publishing, editing resources and more. Your workshop series gives you a private coaching session to plan your project, plus detailed development notes for up to 200 pages of your manuscript over an 8-meeting series.

Workshop members share pages in advance of the meeting. Using the Amherst Writers & Artists method of both positive and instructive critique, we read writing and offer responses in a moderated group. The comments identify specific places where the 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 revise and grow your story. Capture the power of workshopping — a process agents and editors say is essential to publication.

$380 for 8 meetings. Make your book the best it can be.

Memoir Workshop

10-1 PM, monthly

Tell your story from a slice of your life. The Memoirs Workshop series includes manuscript response sessions, lessons on craft and publishing, resources for industry advice and more. Your membership in this group also gives you two private book coach sessions or two hours of editing services.

Memoir writers share their pages, reading in advance of meetings. You come away with notes on your story. The study of other writers’ work helps you focus on what’s working in your own memoir.

Craft talks give you tools to make changes and grow your story. Learn about effective characterization, drawing a story arc, devices like section breaks, tools for transitions, taking possession of your story, how to choose your material, plus methods to develop and pitch your memoir for publication.

$490 for 9 classes. Develop your memoir with authors working in your genre.