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“There is no great writing, only great rewriting.” ~ Justice Louis D. Brandeis
Instructor: James M. (Jim) Jackson
Maximum Class Size: 25
Prerequisite: To get the most out of the course, you should have at least the first draft of a novel completed.
Price: $60 ($50 through 9/4/17) You can sign-up at the bottom of this page.
Class Description: October, with change in the air, is the perfect time to participate in a month-long workshop that will help you learn to efficiently and productively rewrite your WIP. In this workshop, you’ll learn to start large and work small. Through exercises, you’ll assess whether your WIP’s plot functions as it should. You’ll consider whether you have the right scenes to carry the plot. You’ll learn to evaluate your characters, combine or eliminate bit parts, and present their multi-faceted personalities.
Next, you’ll consider individual scenes to make sure they have depth and are compelling. We’ll address the special rewriting needs of the opening scene and book’s ending. Finally, we’ll explore techniques for polishing your manuscript. While some discussion revolves around mystery-related considerations such as red herrings, this workshop will benefit anyone, regardless of genre, who has completed, but not finalized, their manuscript.
Class Venue: Lessons are presented within a private Yahoo group. Lessons are available in PDF and .rtf formats. Students post homework in the Yahoo group. The instructor will post responses to all homework assignments. After the class is completed, the Yahoo group will be disbanded and all messages permanently erased.
Thanks for offering such wonderful lessons, and for giving everyone a lot of attention and sage advice. I learned so much--I look forward to the chance to take classes with you in the future.
The class re-ignited my interest in my WIP, plus trying to view it objectively. I would certainly take another class like yours again.
This was a wonderful class. Well-organized, full of great specifics, and thought-provoking.
Thank you, Jim. I took this course hoping to be a bit better as a critique partner, but quickly found this was really a “HOW to Write RIGHT or at least to your BEST” course. WOW!
Jim Jackson spent his career explaining complicated financial strategies in understandable English. He finds rewriting considerably more enjoyable than producing a first draft, and he considers teaching more fun than writing. Despite those preferences he is the successful author of four Seamus McCree Novels and one Novella (with two more novels scheduled for 2018). He is the Immediate Past President of the 700-member Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime. He has taught this course to rave reviews in 2015 (for the Kiss of Death Chapter of RWA) and in 2016 (for the Low Country Sisters in Crime). Visit his website at http://jamesmjackson.com
|October 1||Introductions all around|
|October 2||First Steps – Read Through|
|October 4||Point of View Considerations|
|October 6||Opening Your Novel|
|October 9||Self-Editing Structure|
|October 11||Scene by Scene|
|October 13||Ebb and Flow|
|October 16||Deepening Characters|
|October 20||Making the Details Count|
|October 23||Scene Pacing|
|October 25||Closing Your Novel|
|October 27||Checking the Nits|
|October 30||Last Thoughts and Stuff I Didn’t Find a Place For|
Note: The October 30 lesson will not have a homework assignment!
(Last day for discounted price is September 4, 2017)