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Taming the Beast: Gaining Perspective on Your Novel Draft

Upon completing a novel draft, writers are often bewildered. What is this mess I wrote? Who are these characters? What am I supposed to do now? Early drafts don’t often include what readers, editors, and publishers crave: compelling plot, solid structure, and sophisticated development of characters. We’ll discuss ways to gain perspective on your novel and develop plans for revision. Considering The Great Gatsby as a model, we will discover the gaps in your novel. Students should have a rough draft of a novel before class begins. See website for required texts.


Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Ross McMeekin and Robin Oliveira

Class Type: 10 Sessions

Start Date: 09/18/2014

End Date: 11/20/2014

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Ross McMeekin and Robin Oliveira

Ross McMeekin's fiction appears in Shenandooah, PANK, Hobart, Tin House Flash Fiction Fridays, and elsewhere. He's the recipient of a 2013-14 Made at Hugo House Fellowship and lives in Seattle.

Robin Oliveira was awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship for her debut novel, My Name is Mary Sutter. Her latest book is I Always Loved You. She holds a BA in Russian, and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow, Russia. She received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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