From First Pass to Final Draft: How to Be Your Own Editor

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From First Pass to Final Draft: How to Be Your Own Editor


Every story of every length has four main ingredients: beginning, middle, end, and transformation. For longer works of fiction, especially novels, more ingredients are added to the recipe, including momentum and pacing, sustained tension, character development, and emotional complexity. In this workshop, award-winning fiction writer Calla Devlin will work with writers who have started down the path of writing a first draft, and will explore what it takes to finish a novel-length work, from refining a first draft to putting the finishing touches on a manuscript ready for submission.

The purpose of this workshop, open to all levels of experience, is to focus on finishing a work of fiction. Together, we will generate new material and refine the writing generated in the workshop. Students will dig deep into craft and hone their skills. With a special focus on character, plot, voice, and narrative drive, students will have the opportunity to grow through writing exercises, reading (very short) pieces, sharing their work, and providing feedback for the other class members.

When: Friday, May 4,  6:00pm-7:30pm

Saturday, May 5th, 9:30am-3:30pm

Sunday, May 6th, 9:30am-3:30pm

Where: Iowa Writers' House

Price: $265

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