In the Spring of 2011, Bob taught a course on Rewriting at Hugo House in Seattle. Hugo House is a sanctuary for writers—poets read there, novelists launch their work there, hungry writers take classes there. Hugo House is a resource like no other in Seattle, maybe in the country. Bob decided to keep a log to track the course and to monitor writers’ progress through their rewriting. The course was designed to work for novel, script, stage play. The techniques Bob used help writers get control of the rewriting process from subplot to character development, from structure to style.

To follow the course, which you can duplicate for your own story, at your own pace, try running the sequence from beginning to end, one entry a day. If you find the process useful, drop us a comment. Good luck, good writing. 

Week Six: Scene Performance.
Whether you are rewriting a novel or a filmscript, scene performance brings your work into the world. When you watch your scene being read, you learn big lessons about timing, compression, pacing, waste, laughs, moans, chills, and momentary glory. Five weeks of work climax here, in a five minute read. A smart writer takes notes. Instructor feedback is optional. Curtain.

To prepare for Hugo House – or to keep writing – join the sweaty writers for writing practice at Louisa’s Bakery and Café, Eastlake Avenue, NW of Seward Alternative School, Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:15-3:25. No critique.

Bio:Robert Ray’s most recent book, The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel (2010), follows in the wake of The Weekend Novelist (original 1994; revised 2006) and The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery (1998, co-authored by Jack Remick). In addition to the Weekend Novelist series, Ray has published 5 mysteries, two thrillers (tennis; diamonds), a police procedural, and a how-to for small business.

This is the final week of Robert J Ray’s Rewrite 101, Spring 2011. Click here to go to the final week’s course and polish your writing for scene performance.