Laurel Yourke recently published Beyond the First Draft: Deep Novel Revision. Earlier publications include Take Your Characters to Dinner and Waiting for Beethoven. During her career, she taught students from eight to eighty, presenting at Writer’s Institute, Write by the Lake, School of the Arts, Wisconsin Book Festival, College Week for Kids, and Elderhostel. Her speaking engagements ranged from writing and revising fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; to immigrant literature, science fiction, and Jane Austen. Since retirement, she privately offers three critique groups along with Weekenders and week-long summer workshops.