News | 2012 | A New Class

First off, I apologize -- I realize it's way too early to be thinking back-to-school, but I've got some scholastic-related news I'd really like to share. However, if you'd prefer to wait until September to read this, that's completely cool with me. I understand.

Okay, if you're still with me -- or if this is September and you're coming back with a wary eye -- here's my news: Capilano University has picked up a second course of mine so I'm now able to offer both this fall. I've really enjoyed teaching at Cap -- both the students and the administration are fantastic -- and I'm excited to be able to expand my role there. Story Structure will run on six consecutive Saturday mornings, starting October 13 and Revising Fiction: Beyond the First Draft will run six consecutive Tuesday evenings, starting October 2. If you're interested and able to come, I'd love to have you join me for either course. Just click through to my courses page for the registration links.

If you're wondering what this Revising Fiction course is all about, here's the description for Capilano's catalogue:

According to Ernest Hemingway, the first draft of anything is, well, we can't politely print what he said, but we can tell you it rhymes with "quit" (which is something you should never do after your first draft). Through a combination of lectures, in-class exercises, discussions and homework, you will explore what Hemingway really meant, look at the benefits of a recursive rewriting process, as well as examine common mistakes in points of view, narrative consistency, and structural design. By the end of this course, you'll have the knowledge to effectively critique your own writing and improve your first draft tremendously.

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