TWS250

Minding Your Manuscript

Every manuscript is a story, regardless of the genre or subject. In this course, you will learn how to develop your manuscript mind—how to shift from smaller narrative units to accurately identifying the unique, overall story of your entire manuscript. 

We’ll also discuss strategies for dealing with practical concerns—what does and does not fit in your manuscript? What new writing does it need? How do you know when you’re finished?

You will hear a successful first-time author talk about what he or she learned, including the process of assessing his or her manuscript as well as publishing and promoting it.

Please note: this class is an elective in The Writer's Studio program. Students of the program receive priority enrollment. If there are seats available in the class, we will open the course to the public one-week prior to the course start date.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 4 Betsy Warland $350.00 0 Join Waitlist

This course involves 12 instructional hours.

This course is available as part of The Writer’s Studio and on an individual basis.

What will I learn?

You will learn to do the following:

  • Determine the most compelling focus for your manuscript
  • Investigate problems within your manuscript and find solutions
  • Employ an effective set of manuscript assessment concepts that will give you more confidence and your manuscript more clarity
  • Promote your writing

How will I learn?

  • Discussion of concepts in class
  • Writing, revising, and assessing assignments
  • Weekly essay reading assignments and one-page written reflections
  • Small group feedback sessions to review each week’s homework

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on homework assignments and participation.

Textbooks and learning materials

Breathing the Page – Reading the Act of Writing, by Betsy Warland (Cormorant Books, Toronto, 2010).

You may purchase this book at the SFU Bookstore, People’s Co-op Book (1391 Commercial Drive), or from the author/instructor.

Breathing the Page is also available in e-book format for Kobo and Kindle tablets.

We will provide all other course materials.

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