Anatomy of Drafting II: You’ve Got Your Skeleton, Now What?

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Monday, November 6, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017

Times: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
$386.25 via PayPal, if paying by check please email [email protected]

Kari Anne Holt

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with K.A. Holt
(Novel Writers: MG, YA, Adult)

Monday’s from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11

Congratulations! You have a working draft of your middle grade, YA, or adult novel! But how do you know when it’s ready to submit to agents and publishers? What steps do you take to go from first draft to final draft? What can you do to make this draft the best it can be? In this six-week course, we’ll get down and dirty with our first drafts, reaching into the guts of our stories to stitch together the perfect words, plot, and characters. There will be an intensive workshop component to this course, giving everyone time to write, perfect, share and critique. And each student will receive a 10-minute one-on-one with the instructor.

Who Should Take This Course:

  • Writers who have a full first draft of a MG or YA book
  • Writers have an almost finished first draft of a MG or YA book
  • Writers who have taken KA Holt’s other Writing Barn class
  • Writers who have hit road blocks in their stories
  • Writers looking to add depth to their writing
  • Writers who want to polish their work so they can submit to agents and editors
  • Writers looking for craft and camaraderie on their writing/publishing journey



Kari Anne Holt is the author of several middle grade novels in verse including House Arrest, a 2015 Nerdy Book Club award winner for Poetry, and a 2015 Bank Street Best Book of the Year. Her book Rhyme Schemer, is an Amazon Best Book for Kids and Teens, and a 2014 Bank Street Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of Gnome-a-Geddon, Red Moon Rising, Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel, and Brains for Lunch: a zombie novel in haiku. Her forthcoming middle grade titles include Knockout (Chronicle, Spring 2018),  From You To Me (Scholastic, Summer 2018); and the picture book I Wonder (Random House, Summer 2019). Kari is also a member of the spontaneous poetry-writing troupe Typewriter Rodeo. She lives in Austin, TX with her partner and three malevolently charming children.