You have a story. You throw your heart, your time, even your loved ones and the dog into writing a draft of your novel– then what? You have the 300-pound rabbit sitting on your desk, blinking its pink eyes at you. In this workshop, we take your novel through its final stage before submitting it for publication. I will read each novel closely before the conference, and we will spend our time in class and in individual meetings addressing any issues that need work. We will develop specific revision strategies for characters, narration, point of view, voice, plot, setting, scenes, and dramatization, all with an eye to answering the $25 question–will someone buy this book?
Jonis Agee was born in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up in Nebraska and Missouri, places where many of her stories and novels are set. She was educated at The University of Iowa (BA) and The State University of New York at Binghamton (MA, PhD). She is Adele Hall Professor of English at The University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing and twentieth-century fiction. She is the author of thirteen books, including five novels – Sweet Eyes, Strange Angels, South of Resurrection, The Weight of Dreams, and her most recent, The RiverWife – and five collections of short
fiction – Pretend We've Never Met, Bend This Heart, A .38 Special and a Broken Heart, Taking the Wall, and Acts of Love on Indigo Road. She has also published two books of poetry: Houses and Mercury. In her newest novel, The River Wife (Random House, 2007), five generations of women experience love and heartbreak, passion and deceit against the backdrop of the nineteenth-century South. The book was selected by the Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, and as a main selection by the Quality Paperback Book Club.
Jonis Agee's awards include the Gold Award from ForeWord magazine for Acts of LoveonIndigo Road, 2004; the NEA
grant in fiction; a Loft-McKnight Award; a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction; the Nebraska Book Award for Weight
of Dreams, 2000. Jonis also received the Mark Twain Award for Contributions to Midwestern Literature and The John
Gardner Fiction Prize for The River Wife. Three of her books – StrangeAngels, Bend This Heart, and Sweet Eyes – were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times.
Jonis owns twenty pairs of cowboy boots, some of them works of art, loves the open road, and believes that ecstasy and hard work are the basic ingredients of life and writing.