Before an agent ever gets hold of your novel, you must go through numerous revisions to present your best possible effort. As F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said, writing is rewriting, and the story of how he transformed his draft manuscript Trimalchio into the enduring masterpiece The Great Gatsby is not only a testament to the value of assiduous revision, but will form the narrative backbone of this workshop. By combining in-class exercises, close readings, workshopping, and a careful study of the Gatsby revisions, you learn how to attack problems in your novel-in-progress, whether in structure, character, voice, or language. Whether it's finding the right word or the right point of view, the sometimes intimidating--and rewarding--job of the novelist is demystified. You leave the course having thoroughly revised at least 1 problem section of your novel, with a clear plan for attacking the remainder ahead of you, and a strong, supportive cohort behind you.
Prerequisite: at least 1 previous creative writing class.
Enrollment limited to 17 students.
Westwood: 218 1010 Westwood Center
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9am-4pm,
February 7 - 10
4 meetings total
No refund after Jan 7.