VIRTUAL: Workshop with Matt Bell "Refuse to Be Done"
Matt Bell will be offering an hour-long discussion and Q and A about his book, "Refuse to Be Done." Cost is $25 and includes a copy of the book. Register HERE.
Refuse to Be Done is an encouraging and intensely practical guide, focusing on specific rewriting tasks, techniques, and activities to guide you through the first page of the first draft of your novel through to the finished book. You won’t find bromides here about the “the writing Muse.” Instead, in an approachable guide interwoven with examples and strategies from some of our greatest living writers, Bell breaks down the writing process in three sections, one for each of the three major stages of drafting.
In the first section, Bell shares a bounty of tactics, all meant to push the writer through the initial conception and get words on the page.
The second section, Bell explains, is focused on reworking the narrative through outlining, modeling, and rewriting.
The third and final section offers a layered approach to polishing through a checklist of operations meant to be applied to a manuscript one at a time, breaking the daunting project of final revisions into small, achievable tasks.
Whether you are a first time novelist or a veteran writer, you will find an abundance of strategies here to help motivate you and shake up your revision process, allowing you to approach your work, day after day and month after month, with fresh eyes and sharp new tools.
Matt Bell is the author most recently of the novel Appleseed (a New York Times Notable Book) published by Custom House in July 2021. His craft book Refuse to Be Done, a guide to novel writing, rewriting, and revision, will follow in early 2022 from Soho Press. He is also the author of the novels Scrapper and In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, as well as the short story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur's Gate II, and several other titles. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, American Short Fiction, Orion, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.
"Drawing on the wisdom of everyone from Ursula K. Le Guin to The Pixies, plus his own successes and struggles, Matt Bell has given the world a tremendously clear (but never over-prescriptive) guide to the wonderful mess of writing a novel. I want this book in my students' hands yesterday; I'm grateful to hold it in mine today." —Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Finalist for The Great Believers