Master Class in Novel Writing


Get intensive, individualized instruction as you rewrite your novel, preparing your manuscript for presentation to agents and publishers to begin the process of turning it into a book.

Hybrid (In-Person)
Starting at $3,860.00
As few as 36 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Give and get feedback from similarly motivated writers working at a very high level
  • Forge a collaborative writing community with classmates over 9 months of work
  • Complete a thorough rewrite of your book
  • Get feedback from a professional agent on your manuscript

About this course:

This dynamic and rigorous Master Class in Novel Writing is designed for those serious about revising and polishing their novels and getting published. The nine-month, 30-week structure allows for intensely individual instruction, peer critiques from a community of liked-minded, talented writers, and a focus on process and results. Each participant's unique voice is cultivated so that it remains true to the singular vision for his or her novel, while ongoing one-on-one mentoring by a professional novelist provides distinctly personal support. Workshops include discussion and implementation of the basic craft elements of writing including, but not limited to, developing structure, creating vibrant, memorable characters, setting and maintaining tone, creating scenes that further your theme, and the art of revision. Guest speakers (authors, agents, editors) share their insights on writing, publishing and staying balanced through the sometimes daunting process of it all. Master Class students' novel excerpts are submitted to an established agent for review and consideration at the completion of the course. Participants may withdraw their application anytime before acceptance.

Admission to this course is by application only and the selection process is competitive. It is recommended that students take intermediate-level courses prior to submitting their work. When this course is open for enrollment, click "See Details" for application guidelines and quarterly application deadlines.

Fall 2022 Schedule

Date & Time
Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM PT
Enrollment Closed
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Instructor: Natashia Deón
Hybrid (In-Person)format icon
Location: UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood

The priority application deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 9am (PT). Applications submitted after this date are not guaranteed consideration.

This course includes a four-day, in-person residency from March 16 - 19, 2023, 9am-5pm PT. All other coursework is completed fully online. No meetings December 20 & 27, 2022; March 8 & 22, 2023.

A full novel manuscript submission is required as part of the application.

Restricted course; approval needed to enroll. Not eligible for any discounts. Enrollment limited to eight students. Visitors not permitted. No refund after enrollment. 

Internet access required.

Application Submission Guidelines for Master Class in Novel Writing

Please submit the following materials (Word Document or PDF only). The first document must contain: a one-page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous creative writing courses taken; a two-page synopsis of your work-in-progress; and an excerpt of one complete scene you feel is one of the best and accurately reflects your work-in-progress (no longer than 12 pages). In a separate document, you must also submit the full, completed first draft of your novel manuscript.

Note: Participants in this master class work only on the project submitted for admission. No exceptions. Each page should be numbered, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, and double spaced with 1-inch margins.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after August 29, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
Character: The Art of Role and Cast Design for the Page, Stage, and Screen by Robert McKee
Dialog: The Art of Verbal Action for Stage, and Screen by Robert McKee
The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman
Thu Mar 16, 2023
9:00AM PT - 5:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
Fri Mar 17, 2023
9:00AM PT - 5:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
Sat Mar 18, 2023
9:00AM PT - 5:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
Sun Mar 19, 2023
9:00AM PT - 5:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood

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