Novel Writer's Starter Kit


Take a step-by-step approach to the ideation and creation of a new novel while exploring what makes novels successful, irresistible, and compelling. 


What you can learn.

  • Work in a supportive community of writers to develop your novel idea into a plan
  • Learn to develop three-dimensional characters, a strong plot, compelling scenes, and other powerful craft elements
  • Find the best structure for the story you want to tell by taking a global approach to storytelling traditions
  • Learn to read like a writer by engaging with published works for a deeper understanding of craft in action

About this course:

Writing a novel can be daunting at times. Although you ultimately have to complete it on your own, it helps to work in a community of individuals for inspiration, support, and to brainstorm any and all ideas. In this intensive workshop, you are part of a small group of writers working towards the same goal–to write an amazing novel. Together, we will take a step-by-step approach to go from ideation to creation to revision while developing a sustainable writing practice that will get the manuscript complete. We’ll explore developing three-dimensional characters, understanding structure, plot, scene dynamics, and the importance of editing and revision. We’ll examine story structures through a globalist lens to find the structure that fits the story and your voice as a writer. This workshop consists of reading assignments (where you will learn what it means to "read like a writer"), in-class exercises, assigned writing, lectures on craft, and the give-and-take of critique workshops. The goal is to create a solid outline of your novel (or a solid plan for finding your way to the heart of your story), write the first chapter, and acquire the tools you need to move forward and have fun.

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