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Driving In the Dark: A Novel Revision Workshop

Intermediate | You’ve finished a crummy first draft of your novel. Now what? In this workshop, students will map out a plan for making significant progress toward more polished drafts while giving and receiving constructive feedback. Craft talks will address issues in students’ drafts, such as time, language, tone, as well as practical issues such as how to create a sustainable schedule and maintain stamina for your long-term project. Students should be prepared to read and critique up to 75 pages per week.

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.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Naomi Jackson

Class Type: 6 Sessions


Start Date: 02/20/2021

End Date: 03/27/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$274.50 Member Price:
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$305.00 General Price:

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Naomi Jackson

Naomi Jackson is author of The Star Side of Bird Hill, published by Penguin Press in June 2015. The Star Side of Bird Hill was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and longlisted for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and the International Dublin Literary Award. Star Side was named an Honor Book for Fiction by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. It was also selected for the American Booksellers Association’s Indies Introduce and Indies Next List programs. The book has been reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Kirkus Reviews, and Entertainment Weekly, which called Star Side “a gem of a book.” Publishers Weekly named Jackson a Writer to Watch.

Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Williams College, her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad, including Harper’s, The Washington Post, brilliant corners, Poets & Writers, and The Caribbean Writer. She is the recipient of residencies, grants, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Hedgebrook, New York Foundation for the Arts, Bronx Council on the Arts, the Freya Project, and the Camargo Foundation.

Jackson is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark and a 2021-2022 Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She served as Writer-in-Residence at Queens College and previously taught at the University of Iowa, University of Pennsylvania, City College of New York, and Oberlin College.

Jackson was born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents.

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