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“A Behind the Scenes Look at Novel Revision” with Simon Han

June 5, 2021 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

$49.00 – $109.00
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$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

Take a closer look at what it takes to revise a novel.

Revising a novel is a daunting task, in large part because the process can feel rather enigmatic. When we pick a book off the shelf, we don’t see the years of messy drafts, experiments, questions, and conversations that contributed to what the work ended up becoming. To help demystify the process of novel revision, Simon Han will share specific examples from his novel Nights When Nothing Happened, including excerpts from embarrassing early and middle drafts (you don’t need to have read the book to follow along with the class). He’ll walk students through his six-year-long process of writing and revising the book, highlighting changes both big and small.

In addition, Simon will share exchanges with his agent and editor, which will offer a closer look into these editorial relationships, as well as how to incorporate feedback from readers into your own vision for your work. The revision process is different for every writer. This class is not intended to be a model for how to revise, but rather a way of thinking about revision’s possibilities. Along the way, we’ll work on exercises that you can apply to your own novel-in-progress. We’ll also review practical tips and tricks that may be helpful for revision.


  • You’d like to learn revision strategies.
  • You’re currently revising your novel (or nearing this stage).
  • You’d like to know more about the writer/agent and writer/editor relationships.
  • You’d like to learn how to make good use of reader feedback.

The deadline to register for this class is Friday, June 4 at 5 p.m. CDT.


Simon Han (c) Melissa LukenbaughSimon Han is the author of Nights When Nothing Happened (Riverhead, 2020), which was named an Indie Next Great Read and a Best Book of the Year by The Washington PostTIME, and Harper's Bazaar. His stories and essays have appeared in The AtlanticVirginia Quarterly ReviewTexas ObserverGuernicaElectric Literature, and The Paris Review's The Daily. He was born in Tianjin, China, and raised in several cities in Texas.

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Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email the WLT staff at wlt@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform an hour before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.


June 5, 2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
$49.00 – $109.00
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Online via Zoom