So you’ve finished your manuscript! Or you’re very close. Congratulations are in order, but you also know it needs a rewrite—at least one—before it’s ready to meet the world. How do you begin that process?
In our six weeks together we’ll roll up our sleeves and examine what you’ve accomplished so far, including issues of plot and character (as apropos to memoir as they are to fiction). Then, with the help of daily assignments, we’ll focus on specific aspects of craft, including issues of characterization, that vital building block of any story, scene; as well as the differences between scene, summary, and the all-important reflection (again, ideas that are as intrinsic to fiction as they are to memoir). While you’ll no doubt refer to the current draft of your memoir or novel, you’ll be writing new material for every class meeting—writing that will incorporate the ideas and insights discussed in class. That is, while you’ll write for (and workshop) every session, the writing is expected to be new. Come prepared to work hard. You’ll leave with confidence and enthusiasm to head into your next draft.