University of Iowa

The Final Draft: On Finishing & Knowing When You’ve Finished Your Novel

Weeklong June 24 to June 29 2018

This is an advanced novel writing workshop. It is designed for writers who are fairly far along or perhaps have finished a draft of a novel. Each participant will submit up to twenty pages—preferably the first twenty, but not necessarily—to be considered by the class. We will discuss, as a group, how to go from rough draft to final draft. What needs to be done? What’s the best way to do it? How do you know when you’re finished? How do you prepare your manuscript to submit to an agent or publisher? Instructor Eric Goodman has published five novels. Fifteen of his former students have published first books. This will be a completely honest, straightforward workshop designed to help you get to the next level as a writer.