Master Class in Novel Writing
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. A full novel manuscript submission and a $10 nonrefundable application fee are required.
Fall 2019 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.
No meeting Nov. 26.
Deadline for application is Sept. 9, 2019 at 9 am (PST) and there is a $10 non-refundable application fee. Restricted course; approval needed to enroll. Not eligible for any discounts. Enrollment limited to eight students. Visitors not permitted. No refund after enrolling.
Submission Guidelines for Master Class in Novel Writing with Mark Sarvas
Please submit the following materials (Word Document or PDF only): a one-page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous creative writing courses taken; a two-page synopsis of your novel-in-progress and the completed first draft of your novel. (Note: participants in this master class work only on the novel 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.)