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2018 Summer Quarter Fiction Course: After the First Draft
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After the First Draft summer 2018 is a 5-week intensive class concentrates on the last third of your novel. We will also cover conference prep. Each class will contain a combination of lecture, writing exercises and critique sessions.

7/11/2018 to 8/8/2018
When: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Where: Writers' Cottage
317 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA  98027
Presenter: PNWA President, Pam Binder
Contact: Maria Philips

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2018 Summer QUARTER FICTION SERIES: after the first draft - $200 members/$300 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 JULY 11TH, 2018 (ten week session) ENDING AUGUST 8TH, 2018
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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Office: Writers' Cottage 317 NW Gilman Blvd., Ste. 8, Issaquah, WA 98027

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Phone: (425) 673-2665