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Catch me at the 2016 TSWC--new location in Santa Fe

Summer Wood - October 30, 2015

It's official! I'll be back at TSWC this summer offering a master class in the novel. The Conference, rated one of the top ten in the nation, is moving from its long-time home in Taos to a new location at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe. Here's the advance scoop:


Every successful novel stakes out its own territory and defines the terms by which it will be judged. For your novel, what are those terms? How fully have you created the world of your story? In this workshop we'll look closely at each manuscript and, through one-on-one consultation and in-class constructive critique, develop a revision strategy to bring each novel—on its own terms—to its fuller realization. We’ll have the chance to consider how crucial narrative techniques contribute to the art of storytelling, and we’ll take a look at masterful examples of each. Inventiveness, surprise, emotional depth, focus, and scale will inform our explorations of more traditional elements of fiction as we work together toward that most essential aim: to bring the novel alive for the reader. Along the way we’ll address practical concerns, explore issues of writing process, and share our stories from the novel-writing trenches.

Registration opens December 1st, with a host of terrific offerings for both week-long and weekend classes. Please check the conference website for details. I'd love to see you there!