After a blissful two semester hiatus, I will return to teaching this fall at UCLA, repeating my Novel III class (now open for registration), and then teaching Novel IV in the winter. In advance of those classes, I will be appearing on a pair of panels this Sunday at the Writers' Program's annual Writers Faire at UCLA, so you can come kick the tires before signing up for a class.
At 1:30 I will be participating in Making it to "The End": Story Staying Power for Novelists and at 2:20 I will be part of the Getting Your Fiction Published panel. Since I've already got a number of students who have successfully finished drafts, I'd say my thoughts on the former are worth hearing out. I'm a bit less enthused about the second panel, in that my feeling - grotesquely oversimplified - is that if you are thinking about getting your work published, you're thinking about the wrong thing. I tell my students time and again that the only thing any of them need to be thinking about is writing the best possible manuscript. Period. I'll say as much on Sunday.
If you can't make it in person, UCLA does plan to stream things this year. And I will be noodling around in the morning, taking in a few other panels, including my friend, author and fellow instructor Darcy Cosper who will be talking about Writing Your First Novel (11 am) and Writing With A Day Job (11:50 am). There will also be great exhibitors including the Writers Junction and 826LA, so do come out for a fine literary Sunday at UCLA. It's all free. Hope to see you there.