Writing Your First Novel
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Start writing your first novel in this supportive workshop that helps you identify your story and craft the first chapter of your book.
What you can learn.
- Examine the elements of successful novels to identify effective techniques
- Develop realistic characters who inhabit a compelling world of your own design
- Respond to in-class exercises that deepen your understanding of your book
- Read and respond to the work of other writers in the class
About this course:
Writing the first novel can be daunting, at times, even downright lonely. Though being a writer means being alone, writing on your own, it's good to come out of the cave and seek the company of other like-minded individuals for inspiration, support, and to brainstorm ideas. In this class, you are part of a small group of writers working towards the same goal--to write an amazing first novel. Together, we explore the elements of successful novel writing, develop three-dimensional characters, and understand structure, plot, and scene dynamics. This intensive 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 for you to create a solid outline of your novel (or a solid plan for finding your way to the heart of your story), write a first chapter, and acquire the tools you need to keep you going when you return to your cave.