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Introductory / Intermediate | Whether you’re just getting started or simply need a recharge, this intensive “boot camp” experience will give you the tools you need to start (and finish!) your novel. Through a study of professional examples, we’ll look at foundational concepts of novel writing, from hooking the reader and developing a plot, to shaping chapters and keeping momentum. We’ll engage in a variety of writing exercises, study approaches to outlines and planning, workshop student drafts, and discuss possibilities for publication.
Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.