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How Not to Write a Novel

All Levels. Based on the hugely useful and wickedly funny book by the same name, this class is for the beginning novelist or those looking to revise their first draft (the one you wrote for NaNoWriMo?) We will workshop your pages, learn the classic missteps to avoid, and examine the sound advice of agents and editors. Be prepared to generate better, stronger, characters, plot, and scenes as you throw out tired ideas, kill all mediocrity, and get out of your own way.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Sonora Jha

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 01/12/2017

End Date: 02/16/2017

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$265.50 Member Price:
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Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha is the author of the novel Foreign (Random House India, 2013) and the essay collection/memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family (Sasquatch Books USA/Penguin Random House India 2021). She is a professor of journalism at Seattle University. Formerly a journalist in India and Singapore, her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Seattle Times, DAME, and several anthologies. Sonora was the 2016–18 Hugo House Prose Writer-in-Residence. She teaches classes for Creative Nonfiction, Hugo House, Hedgebrook, and Seattle Public Libraries. Sonora is currently working on a second novel.

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