IN PERSON Second Draft Blues
Jan. 19 - Feb. 23
Instructor: Anne Metikosh
MEMBER PRICE: $187.50 (with member coupon AWCSM25)
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $250.00
When the thrill of completing your first draft wears off, you’re faced with fixing its flaws. The prospect is so daunting, it’s tempting to start with the little things first, like correcting spelling mistakes and deleting all words that end in -ly. But quick fixes are not the answer. The burst of satisfaction they give you won’t last because you still need to tackle the bigger issues. You know what they are: plot holes or flat prose; a muddled narrative or a bad case of thesaurusitis. Too much detail or not enough. A lack of realism. In this 6-week course we’ll examine these problems and figure out how to solve them. Don’t worry; it can be done! Don’t let the Second Draft Blues get you down!
This class takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary.
Anne Metikosh has had four novels published by Canadian small presses, as well as numerous articles and short stories in The Globe and Mail, Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul, The Prairie Journal, and Beginnings, an anthology of Canadian history. The novels are a mixed bag, ranging from historical fiction (Terra Incognita) to mystery (Undercurrent), creative non-fiction (Chance) and romantic suspense (Trial Run) - those genres are her forte when it comes to offering advice.