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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.


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: 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 PDT

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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