You’ve put your heart, soul and every drop of blood into your characters, and the story they have to tell. You’ve created a compelling plot where characters run a gauntlet of obstacles. You’ve edited, deep edited, made sure every single word sings. You need to figure what makes the stakes of this novel personal and powerful. Easy to read lectures, hands on assignments, and plenty of opportunities for class and instructor interaction will take a languishing story from plodding to powerful.