Writing can be a lonely business. In this workshop, we focus on feedback, deadlines, and encouragement — a scaffolding for success that, together with your commitment, will help you achieve your goal of writing a complete draft of a novel or memoir. This is a challenging yet rewarding year-long experience, and many of the partnerships made at the table continue for years.
We’ll meet monthly starting in January and take one month off in the summer. For 11 sessions, we’ll meet as a group to workshop excerpts, discuss challenges and goals, resolve stumbling blocks, and encourage each other.
During each workshop, we’ll discuss aspects of novel and memoir writing, including time management, overcoming obstacles, developing and introducing characters, problem solving, pacing and plot, balance of scene and exposition, and how to stay focused. Each session will include a brief break and snacks to keep up our energy. Students will submit 25-35 pages per month, with the goal of completing a 250-350 page draft by the end of the year.
Between sessions, you’ll write, revise workshopped material, and touch base with the other members of the class via email. We’ll keep in regular email contact to provide as much encouragement and support as you need, when you need it. In November and December, each student will meet individually with the workshop leader to discuss the complete book. In addition to feedback from your classmates on every word of your draft, you’ll receive a close, complete edit from your instructor.
This workshop is meant for anyone ready to commit to writing a novel, whether you have barely formed an idea or every chapter outlined. The class will be most useful for writers with some experience receiving and offering feedback in a workshop setting.
This workshop is appropriate for writers with all levels of experience with short and long forms. Limited to 7 students.