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2023 Second Chances Sale

December 7, 2023 5:00 PM - December 31, 2023 11:30 PM CST



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Welcome to the WLT Second Chances sale! From now until December 31, 2023, we’re releasing 10 of the year’s best classes for a limited time. These classes include everything from writing YA, revision, self publishing, marketing, memoir and so much more.

NOTE: This is not a live class registration. When you register, you’ll be receiving access to previously recorded classes taught for a live audience. Registration includes access to any handouts, readings, and slides the instructor originally shared with students. The videos will be available for viewing immediately upon purchase, and will expire on March 31, 2024.

Descriptions for each class recording can be found below. To purchase access to the recordings, all you need to do is add your preferred tickets to your cart and check out. You’ll then receive an email with a link to the class recordings and any class materials.

“The Art of Suspense: How to Write Twists and Build Tension”

with Gabino Iglesias

Constant tension leads to constant reading. Learn how to create suspense to keep your readers hooked.

In this class we will work on developing an understanding of how twists and turns operate in fiction, including how and why they fail. We’ll explore the use of red herrings, discuss ways to create tension in a narrative, and look at exercises that will help us create suspense that keeps readers turning the page.

What students had to say about the class:

  • “Fantastic class! Excellent teacher!”
  • “Gabino is awesome.”
  • “The material was interesting and the instructor was fabulous.”

“Writing the Middle Grade or Young Adult Novel”

with Samantha M. Clark

There’s a misconception that writing novels for children is simple, but the truth is far from it.

Children and teens are some of the most discerning readers of all, and they’re quick to put down a book that doesn’t work for them. Not only do stories have to have tight plots, but writers must also make sure their work has the right voice and content to keep their targeted age group interested. Get it all right, and you’ll not only have a successful story, but also make a reader for life.

What students had to say about the class:

  • “This was one of the most comprehensive and relevant webinars I have taken from WLT. Samantha filled every minute with excellent content, giving us our money’s worth and more!”
  • “Excellent and informative.”

“Mining the World for Meaning: How to Move Beyond the Personal in Memoir”

with Donna M. Johnson

How do you make meaning out of your personal experiences?

In this class, we will dig deep into our personal narratives while looking outside of ourselves for ideas, events and motifs that link our experiences with larger threads of meaning. We will explore how associative thinking, research, reflection and personal culpability expand and deepen nonfiction stories. Instruction includes brief lectures, reading and responding to short pieces of creative writing, as well as the use of writing prompts.

This recording comes with access to three readings referenced during the class.

What students had to say about the class:

  • “Terrific class. Donna is an engaging and informative teacher. My take-away points have already been helpful to me in my editing process.”
  • “Material covered was excellent.”
  • “Excellent presenter.”

“The Art of Revision: Seeing Our Work Anew”

with Charlotte Gullick

Revision means to look at our work again – but this can be difficult because we are already so invested in what we have on the page.

When it comes to revising book-length work, like a novel or a memoir, we can become unsure how to proceed with making the work better. This class will help close the gap between what we already have and what we need in order to invite readers to stay engaged at all times. In this three-hour class, we will play with exercises that allow us to gain distance and objectivity on our current work so that we can move it toward greater clarity and impact. Students will come away from this class feeling empowered and with a clear game plan for how to take their work to the next level.

This recording comes with access to the slides and a handout to be read before watching the class.

What students had to say about the class:

  • “This was a terrific class!”
  • “The best creative writing teacher I’ve ever worked with.”
  • “Excellent content.”

“Show and Tell: The Power of Exposition and Interiority”

with Stacey Swann

There can be great power in vivid exposition, in delving into a character’s interiority; these are the things that can set fiction apart from other narrative art forms.

When it comes to writing fiction, the phrase “show don’t tell” is so common, most writers have internalized it. We live in a culture dominated by film and TV, and those mediums are defined by showing. (Who loves a voice over? No one!) But as in so many things, this type of black and white thinking has drawbacks.

There can be great power in vivid exposition, in delving into a character’s interiority; these are the things that can set fiction apart from other narrative art forms. Those craft elements can bring us inside the characters, showing their complex, subjective selves rather than keeping us outside, as passive viewers.

In this class, we will explore the ways that exposition and interiority can heighten the impact of our scenes and allow deeper access to voice. Students will come away with new techniques to explore and integrate into their own work.

This recording comes with access to the slides and a reading referenced during the class.

What students had to say about the class:

  • “This class was a total revelation. Stacey is an exceptionally clear, organized and extremely intelligent presenter. I have been wrestling with the show vs tell mantra, and this shed a whole new light on understanding the nuances within the tell.”
  • “Great examples. Clear presentation. I think Stacey took a nuanced concept and made it totally accessible to me. Absolutely terrific in every aspect.”

“Pacing the Plot of Your Novel or Short Story”

with John Pipkin

Does your story move too fast or too slow–or sometimes both at different times?

Writers often make the mistake of assuming that the only way to improve the pace of a story is to make as much stuff happen as quickly as possible. But a well-paced story is one in which the narrative unfolds at the speed and rhythm that the characters, scenes, and themes require. And pacing is determined not just by what happens but by the mechanics of how the story is being told, sentence by sentence. Sometimes, decisions as simple as word choice can have a profound effect on the pace of a story.

In this class, participants will examine the characteristics of successful pacing and study some basic strategies for helping their story develop at the rhythm that feels well-suited to the plot. The class will also identify some of the sign-posts that can indicate pacing problems in a story and how to handle these issues in the revision stage.

This recording comes with a handout referenced during the class.

What students had to say about the class:

  • “Great information. Loved his tips and assessment of what is needed to drive the story forward. He made a lot of essential points for plotting and planning, deciding what is important, and character development.”
  • “I’ve had some great classes through WLT recently, but I think this one was my favorite!”

“Prep Your Novel”

with Alex Temblador

This class will put writers on the right path to starting a new novel.

By breaking down the major elements of writing a novel – characters, setting, research, plot, character development, outlines, and planning, this class aims to put writers on the path to success as they set out on beginning a new book. Attendees will undergo a large variety of exercises that will involve making lists, crafting scenes, creating outlines, and more. Each exercise is intended to help writers know everything they can about their book before they begin writing. By the end of the class, you’ll know your characters and the story line more intimately, as well as have the outlines, research, and information needed to sit down, write a novel, and finish it.

This recording comes with access to the slides.

What students had to say about the class:

  • “Great PowerPoint with examples and relevant, helpful activities, each building upon the last, to enable the participant to think deeply–even at early stages–about how to begin successfully on a novel.”
  • “Alex is positive and engaging, encouraging. Terrific at listening to participants and pulling out/distilling/reinforcing salient points from their questions/comments. Her class was strongly conceptualized and shared relevant planning points.”
  • “Alex’s friendly personality helped relax the class. Her exercises led to insightful writing. I uncovered dozens of possibilities, options and new ideas working with her prompts.”

“Introduction to Self Publishing”

with P.J. Hoover

If you’ve ever thought about self publishing a book but have no idea where to start, this class is for you.

Dipping your toes into self publishing can seem overwhelming, and yes, there is a lot to learn, but this class is here to help you understand what you need to know to get your book out there.

This introductory class will cover the following topics and much more:

  • The difference between traditional and self publishing
  • The benefits of self publishing versus traditionally publishing
  • Where to self publish books
  • Where to get cover art and interior art
  • Formatting your book and finding the right software
  • How to request rights back for a traditionally published book
  • How and when to copyright a book
  • Audiobooks
  • Pricing a book and understanding how much author’s make

What students had to say about the class:

  • “Great presenter and class!”
  • “P.J. is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject. I learned so much about her process and what is involved in self publishing. She covered a lot of ground in a short period of time.”
  • “Excellent class! P.J.’s shares a mammoth amount of useable, valuable information. Her energy is wonderful, her expertise amazing.”
  • “This is one of the best classes I have ever taken from WLT.”

“Mastering Self Publishing”

with Deanna Roy

An in-depth class for authors who have self published a book but would like to dive deeper into the details of release strategy, marketing, and diversifying your writing income.

Congrats! You’ve self published a book, but how do you find readers? In this class for authors who already know the basics of independent publishing, we will cover:

  • Fine-tuning your retailer sales page to attract buyers.
  • Executing a successful book launch
  • Gathering fans for your newsletter, social media, and ARC teams
  • Using free and low-cost marketing strategies
  • Maximizing bigger marketing budgets with paid ads
  • Diversifying your income streams with multiple ways to package and sell your book
  • Rescuing a book that isn’t selling

This recording comes with a handout referenced during the class.

What students had to say about the class:

  • “The best authority on the ever changing self publishing landscape.”
  • “It’s an excellent crash course. I haven’t found anything comparable.”
  • “Best workshop ever! So, so many takeaways.”

“Marketing & Publicity for Authors: Working with Your Publishing Team”

with Katharine Duckett

Learn how to promote your book whether you’re working with a publishing team or doing it yourself.

Finding your audience is a key part of any successful writing career. Whether you’re publishing with a Big 5 publisher or an indie press, you need to create a marketing and publicity tool kit that enables you to reach the right readers and create a public presence that feels comfortable, authentic, and sustainable for you as an author.
This class will provide you with skills for working with a publishing team as well as promoting your work independently, and will cover an array of options for building your short and long-term publicity and marketing strategies. We will also discuss working with bookstores, libraries, conventions, and festivals for marketing and publicity events in addition to focusing on digital and print promotion.

This recording comes with access to the slides.

What students had to say about the class:

  • “Well prepared and extremely knowledgeable presenter with excellent delivery style that was pleasant to follow. Extremely timely for my writing journey at the moment.”
  • “Katharine was an excellent presenter, and she filled every minute of the 3-hour class with valuable information.”

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it. If you prefer this option, please email wlt@writersleague.org with a copy of the form as well to ensure we add you to the class roster as soon as possible.

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Class & Event Registration Policy

Once a purchase has been made, registrations are not refundable and cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a registration and then find you cannot attend the class or event, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org and let us know the name and contact information for the person who will be using the registration so that we can update the class or event roster.

Accessibility Policy

Closed captioning is available for all online classes and special events.

The WLT is committed to making its programs & services accessible to all writers. Please contact us at wlt@writersleague.org or at 512-499-8914 for more information or to discuss accommodations you may need.

Credit Card Transaction Handling Fee Policy

All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. If you’d prefer to pay by check for membership, a class, or an event, you can use the provided forms on the membership or event pages and mail to: WLT, P.O. Box 14355, Austin, TX, 78704.


Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email the WLT staff at wlt@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform an hour before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

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 www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.


December 7, 2023 5:00 PM CST
December 31, 2023 11:30 PM CST
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