Master Class in Novel Writing

WRITING X 411.6

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.

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Hybrid (In-Person)
Starting at $3,860.00
As few as 36 weeks
9.0

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 query letter and a manuscript excerpt

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.

Spring 2023 Schedule

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Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Future Offering (Opens February 06, 2023 12:00:00 AM)
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Instructor: Mark Sarvas
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Fee:
$3,860.00
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Location: Remote Classroom , UCLA Extension Gayley Center in Westwood
Notes

This course includes a four-day, in-person residency from August 10-13, 2023, 9am-5pm PT. All other coursework is completed fully remote. No meetings August 2, 2023; August 16, 2023; September 22 & 27, 2023, and November 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 March 13, 2023
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
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Wed Apr 12, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Apr 19, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Apr 26, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed May 3, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed May 10, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed May 17, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed May 24, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed May 31, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Jun 7, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Jun 14, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Jun 21, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Jun 28, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Jul 5, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Jul 12, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Jul 19, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Jul 26, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Thu Aug 10, 2023
9:00AM PT - 5:00PM PT
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Fri Aug 11, 2023
9:00AM PT - 5:00PM PT
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Sat Aug 12, 2023
9:00AM PT - 5:00PM PT
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Sun Aug 13, 2023
9:00AM PT - 5:00PM PT
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Wed Aug 23, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Aug 30, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Sep 6, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Sep 13, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Oct 4, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Oct 11, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Oct 18, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Oct 25, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Nov 1, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Nov 8, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Nov 15, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Nov 29, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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Wed Dec 6, 2023
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Wed Dec 13, 2023
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
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