Ten Weeks to the Other Side: Constructing Your Full Novel with Michele Bacon

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022
  • Saturday, May 21, 2022
  • 10 sessions
  • Saturday, March 05, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Saturday, March 12, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PST)
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, April 02, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, April 09, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, April 16, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, April 23, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, April 30, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, May 14, 2022, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • The Great Room at BARN, Class Code WI: 030522MB
  • 12


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    Registration will close on Thursday, March 3rd at 12:00pm.


*Class will be held in BARN's Great Room.

Whether this is your first full manuscript or your tenth, you’re committed to completing a full, polished work of fiction. Michele Bacon is here to support you on that journey. From finding your voice to finding your story to character development to plotting to doing the work of writing, we’ll hammer out the details individually and as a group. Students will share work with the class and critique classmates’ work to make us all better readers and better writers. This course includes ten three-hour classes and two one-on-one consults with the instructor. 

Within this course, students will create:

  • Their protagonist’s voice,
  • A plot for their full manuscript,
  • A goal for their completed work,
  • Several critiqued chapters, and
  • (possibly?) a new critique group
Students will submit work via Google Docs and email. Students must buy or borrow the text we’ll discuss in class: Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng. Weekly classes will comprise some combination of:
  • Mini lectures about elements of writing or the writing process,
  • Writing exercises designed to allow students to practice topics at hand or demonstrate their understanding of same,
  • Breakout rooms, wherein pairs or trios of students work though topics or exercises together,
  • Weekly homework with clear instructions about how and when to submit
  • Critique workshops in which all students will provide feedback on others’ work
  • Open discussions about writing or texts

Michele to hold 1-on-1 Zoom conversations with each student at an agreed time between March 19 and April 2.

Michele to hold 1-on-1 Zoom conversations with each student at an agreed time between April 30 and May 14.


    • This class will be held in BARN's Great Room located on the upper level just past the front desk.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Please click here to read more.
    • This class will include meetings with the instructor via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
      • A Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the meeting time you set up to the email you used to register with. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder.
      • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to fill out our simple application before you register.


      Michele Bacon is the author of contemporary young adult novels Antipodes and Life Before. Michele was drawn to people’s stories from a young age, and she remains eager to hear how you met your best friend, got that scar, or fell in love. Michele writes about friends, families, and fooling around (in both senses of that phrase). When she’s not writing, Michele skis, blows glass, plays tabletop games, plays roller derby, travels, and dreams of travel. She’s visited all 50 states and dozens of countries, always eager to hear people’s stories and immerse herself in other cultures. Wherever she goes, Michele enjoys helping writers find their voices and tell their stories. And she loves coming home to Seattle, where she lives with her partner and three young children.

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