Draft First Aid


Draft First Aid


For most of us who write fiction, our early drafts contain parts that sing… and parts that sag. Even with the singing parts, we could turn up the volume, polish the notes. This workshop is designed to provide novelists and story writers with tools to improve and amplify works-in-progress. Through focused exercises and discussions of craft, we’ll turn a lens on scene development, texture and tone, interiority, dialogue, pacing, and language and style.

  • Instructor: Katie McDougall

  • Length of workshop: 6 weeks

  • Dates: Wednesdays, October 16 - November 20

  • Time: 7 - 9 pm

  • Location: Porch HQ
    2811 Dogwood Pl.
    Nashville, TN 37204

  • Cost: $240/Non-Member; $216/Member ** Don’t forget to use your membership code at checkout!

 What Our Students Say:

“Katie provides the balance of knowledge and inspiration that gave me the legs to not only write but present in front of the others. I never saw that coming.”

“Katie McDougall is a fantastic teacher who is passionate about the subject herself. She gives you all the tools you need as a beginner in fiction writing, with the comfortability of allowing for flexibility and creativity in your own work.”

“Katie was an excellent instructor. She was encouraging, was able to meet each individual at their level, and supported us regardless of where we were in the process. She also made it feel safe to share our work with everyone which was initially daunting for me. I really learned a lot and am excited to take more classes.”

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About the Instructor: 

Katie McDougall is the cofounder/co-director of The Porch. For her full bio, please see our About Us page.