Novel IV


Enter the home stretch on writing your novel with this advanced course that helps you address your entire book and prepare for the revision processes.

Starting at $795.00
As few as 10 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Focus on mastering technique
  • Envision your full novel and work toward your goal
  • Get intensive feedback on your draft
  • Learn self-editing skills to carry you through the writing process

About this course:

For students with at least 100 pages of a novel, this advanced workshop focuses on elements of technique and vision necessary for a work to be considered complete. You receive intensive instructor and peer critiques of manuscript chapters and their relation to the overall work, including a review as needed of the effective use of voice, tone, mood, imagery, and metaphor. A major goal of this course is to give you the self-editing skills to polish and revise your entire novel within and beyond the course itself. 

WRITING X 411.3 Novel III or comparable workshop experience.

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.

Summer 2023 Schedule

Date & Time
Wednesday 6:00PM - 9:00PM PT
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Instructor: Francesca Lia Block
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Location: Remote Classroom
ENROLL BY: Jul 5, 2023
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Enrollment limited to 12 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. $100 non-refundable. Enrollment discounts limited to WP NOW members; no other discounts apply.

The priority application deadline for applications is Monday, June 5, 2023 at 9am (PT). Applications submitted after this date are not guaranteed consideration.

Submission guidelines:

Submit one document (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins on all sides) containing:

  1. a 10-page writing sample;
  2. a synopsis of up to one page if the writing sample is an excerpt from a longer work (i.e. novel or memoir);
  3. a personal statement of one paragraph outlining what the student hopes to gain from the class;
  4. and a list of previous courses completed in the Writers’ Program or other programs, with instructors (when known).

To apply:

Log in with your existing student account and then add to cart and follow the prompts to create a new or returning student account. Then, follow the remaining instructions below:

  1. Click “Start” on the first Application page.
  2. On the 2nd Application page, click “Start” on the bottom left side of the page.
  3. After that, you will be asked to upload a writing sample, per the guidelines below.
  4. Once you finish the steps, click "Submit Application."

Please note that there are no pre-approvals. All students must submit the above requirements in order to be eligible for an advanced creative writing course.

NOTE: Despite being asked to enter payment information, YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED for this course unless you choose to enroll if/when you receive a notice of acceptance for the course.

Selection notices will likely be distributed via email 1-2 weeks before the class is scheduled to start.

This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation. 
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after June 28, 2023
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
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