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2017 Fall Quarter Fiction Course: After the First Draft
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Each quarter is 10 weeks. Fall quarter concentrates on the first third of your novel, winter quarter concentrates on the middle of your novel, and spring quarter concentrates on the last third of your novel. This in-depth series is designed to help you produce a strong story from beginning to end. Each class will contain a combination of lecture, writing exercises and critique sessions.

10/4/2017 to 12/6/2017
When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Where: Writers' Cottage
317 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah 98027
United States
Presenter: PNWA President, Pam Binder
Contact: Maria Philips

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2017 Fall QUARTER FICTION SERIES: after the first draft - $400 members/$500 nonmembers
Presented by PNWA’s President, Pam Binder. Pam is a New York Times best-selling author and Professor with the U.W. Extension Program

BEGINNING OCTOBER 4TH, 2017 (ten week session) ENDING DECEMBER 6TH, 2016
Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. 317 NW Gilman Village, Ste 8, Issaquah, WA 98027

After the First Draft is designed for authors who have taken Pam Binder’s introductory class, or who have finished a first draft on a novel-length manuscript.  This class helps you shape your material into a finished product.  Learn how to refine your story ideas, and define your characters. In addition, this class will teach you how to interweave plot and sub plot lines, the meaning of theme and subtext, and how to start each scene with suspense while ending each scene with a hook.  Information about how to develop your pitch, query letter, synopsis and marketing is also covered.

Class Concentration
Please note that each quarter will concentrate on the important scenes in the beginning (Fall), middle (Winter), and end (Spring) of your novel.

The Role of Character
The Art of Suspense
The Plot, Pacing, and Character Outline
The Evolution of Ideas
High Concept. What is a Great Book?
Theme is a Novel’s Backbone
Publishing Options
Point of View

Class Structure

1) Critique groups will be established as part of the class structure.
2) Students may submit three pages of new work each week for instructor’s feedback.
3) Writing exercises each class.
4) Individual instructor feedback.


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