An Evening With the Nolls

Friday, June 7 6 PM upstairs

Join Stephanie and Michael Noll during this Library After Hours event as they discuss topics from Michael’s book, The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction. Anyone who has ever tried to write quickly realizes that transforming an idea into words on the page can quickly leave you stumped. A great way to solve problems of character, scene, plot, and structure is by doing close readings of great writing and adapting the techniques gleaned from these close readings to your own work. This presentation will offer practical tips for doing just that. For readers of fiction, the presentation will reveal how writers come up with the books that you love.

Michael Noll is the author of The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction, Program Director at the Writers’ League of Texas, and the editor of the craft-of-writing blog Read to Write Stories.. His short stories have been published widely, including in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology and, most recently, in Crazyhorse.

Stephanie Noll is a frequent storyteller at The Story Department, a monthly fundraiser for the non-profit Austin Bat Cave, and has also told stories at Listen to Your Mother, Backyard Story Night, Hyde Park Story Night, and the Tellers. Stephanie has 18 years of teaching experience and works as a senior lecturer in the English department at Texas State where she recently was awarded an Excellence in Teaching award.


Reviews for The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction:

One of Poets & Writers’ “Best Books for Writers”

“An invaluable book that will energize any writer’s imagination and help overcome any writer’s block.” – Heidi Durrow, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

“There comes a time in every writer’s education when they realize they don’t know what the hell they’re doing. At this point, a writer can throw in the towel, take out student loans for another round of schooling, or discover a brilliant book like Michael Noll’s The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction. With patience, good humor, and fortitude, Noll provides a field manual for taking fiction apart and putting it back together again, gaining technical know-how and inspiration along the way. An indispensable book that belongs on every serious writer’s desk.” – Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Elle Magazine Fiction Book of the Year, Close Your Eyes

“A terrific, truly curious book about the humbling practice of writing fiction.” – Scott Blackwood, author of the Pen USA Award for Fiction winner See How Small

“The night of Michael Noll’s BookPeople reading, the seating ran out quickly. Then the standing room ran out. Soon, people were all the way into the children’s section. Finally, all of Noll’s books ran out. It was a madness worthy of an established literary icon — which seems to be Noll’s future. For now, he’s the new author with the entire city behind him.” – Austin Chronicle