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.
Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. $150 nonrefundable. Internet access required.
This course meets in person at the designated class meeting time and location. 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.
No refunds after January 23, 2023
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
The Triggering Town
by Richard Hugo
Norton & Company
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