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2018 Summer Writing Retreat - "The Defined Draft: Turning What You Have into What You Need" with Charlotte Gullick

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Stephen F. Austin State University
1936 North St
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

7/29/2018 to 8/3/2018




NOTE: To take advantage of this early registration rate you must be a current member of the Writers' League. If you're not sure of your membership status, please check with us before registering.

Please read both the credit card handling fee information and the refund policy at the bottom of this page before purchasing a ticket.


NOTE: We are offering two fiction classes, one for writers looking to kickstart a new project ("The Fiction Hatchery") and one for writers who are already far along with a project and are looking to revise or deepen the work ("The Defined Draft"). Please read the full descriptions and choose the class that matches what you're looking for. And, as always, reach out to us if you'd like some help deciding.

This class, "The Defined Draft," is a good fit for writers who have taken at least three writing classes and/or have finished a draft of a novel and/or have workshop experience. Participants should have a project they are already in the thick of and are looking to strengthen, make more progress on, get past specific challenges.


"The Defined Draft" Class Meeting Times: 

Sunday, July 29: Orientation, 6pm
Monday through Friday, July 30-August 3: 9:30am to 3:30pm (one hour break for lunch)


Once we have a certain critical mass of material in our fiction, we reach a point where we must ask hard questions of ourselves: What more is needed? What needs to go? How much of this draft was necessary for me to write in order to get to know the story but isn’t actually part of the streamlined narrative?

In this class, students will learn to identify what is most relevant in the material you already have. We will play and explore, mourn and rejoice. We will come out the other side with a clear game plan for a more defined story that has the potential to engage, enthrall, and maybe even enlighten. Throughout, we'll expand our understanding of: 
efficiency of imagery and theme, the relationship between character and plot, how setting can define story and character, and problem language that slows the work down.

In the morning sessions, the class will include short lectures and writing exercises focused on helping participants hone their senses of what is missing in the current work and what is not necessary in the next draft.

In the afternoon sessions, students will have the opportunity in advance to submit their work for workshop that includes discussion and written feedback from the instructor and other students. Workshop materials will be due to the instructor no later than midnight on July 1, and all participants in the optional workshop will be expected to read and prepare feedback ahead of the workshop's start. (Details will be shared with each registrant upon purchasing a class ticket). Anyone who opts not to participate in the workshop will have that time to write (writing prompts will be given) or explore.

All class participants will be sent a packet of required reading prior to the retreat.

Students should bring completed writing, ideas for stories, or whatever they will find helpful as they work on new material or add to or revise old material during the class.

This class is appropriate for both short story and novel writers.


About the Instructor

"Charlotte is an accessible instructor with the ability to see the potential in the roughest of drafts. She is in the top tier of fine instructors."
-- 2015 Summer Writing Workshop Attendee

"Charlotte is the 'real deal' -- she cares about writers and the craft of writing."
--2015 Summer Writing Workshop Attendee

Charlotte Gullick is the Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College, and she holds a MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis and a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her first novel, By Way of Water, was chosen by Jayne Anne Phillips as Grand Prize Winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project. Her other awards include a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship in Fiction a MacDowell Colony Residency, a Ragdale Residency, as well as the Evergreen State College 2012 Teacher Excellence Award. Her writing has appeared in Brevity, Pithead Chapel, Hippocampus, and the LA Review.



(Please read this refund policy closely before registering for the 2018 Summer Writing Retreat; no exceptions will be made):

Through May 15, 2018: 100% refund available.
May 16 - June 21, 2018: 50% refund available.

All cancellations will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

After June 21, 2018: No refunds will be made, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person as long as advance notice is given to the Writers' League of Texas. If you wish to transfer your registration, please call the WLT at 512-499-8914.