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Hugo House presents – Robert J. Ray


Bob and I
Take a Hugo House class with one of Seattle’s true writing masters –
Robert J. Ray author of The Weekend Novelist. Bob’s class,

Rewriting 101: Your Novel, Your Filmscript, Your Writing Brain, will take place Wednesdays from April 6th through May11th

I’ve read Bob’s book and am currently working my way through his techniques. He’s a novel plotting genius! I promise you that any experience you have with his  modus operandi will catapult you in your endeavors to complete your project and change the way you write.                                                                                   
Hugo House class description: Whether you are rewriting a novel or a screenplay, you must fix the subplots, those secondary stories tunneling under the plot, surfacing like subway trains, then diving back out of sight. You locate each subplot with a character arc—entry, exit, fate, and core story. Then, using special writerly tools like scene profile and scene template, you rewrite each subplot scene. Rewriting scenes for Subplot One takes you inside the Antagonist, where you feel the gush of insight. Your confidence soars and your energy builds as you rewrite SP2 and SP3. I am a novelist to the death, but insights that changed my writing brain have come from crafting film scripts, and from analyzing films to unearth the bones of story. This is a hands-on workshop, with writing in the room. If you’d like to see some basic rewriting tools, email Robert Ray at For tips: Bob and Jack”s Writing Blog. Unroll your manuscript (novel or script), grab some handy tools (Scene List, Scene Profile, Scene Template), and then plunge below the surface of your words to discover the layers, the secrets buried in subplots, the objects you forgot, the motives that still remain unclear. Discover, sort and fix those subplots. Rewriting is art plus engineering.
For more details or to sign up visit Bob at Hugo House HURRY – there’s only 15 seats available!

One comment on “Hugo House presents – Robert J. Ray

  1. historywriter
    March 6, 2011

    Bob is the best. Took a workshop from him and Jack Remick. Entertaining and enlightening, my novels took off after that.Also read your your post on self-publishing. I have one on Kindle TREE SOLLDIER. You could say Bob had a hand in that. One workshop he talked about idea of an object being associated with a character. Though I was workshopping another novel, I knew immediately that my main character,, an enrolled in the CCC, needed a honor award, which he felt he didn't deserve. Clever writing teacher. :>Good luck with your blog.

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