This high-impact workshop, modeled after our popular Book in a Year class, is designed to support writers through the difficult process of starting a novel or memoir. We’ll workshop excerpts, discuss challenges and goals, resolve stumbling blocks, and receive encouragement.
Each writer will submit up to 25 pages per month, with the goal of completing one-third to one-half of a draft by the end of the class. You’ll leave the last workshop with a strategy for finishing the draft independently.
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.
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 addition to feedback from your classmates on 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. Limited to 7 students.