Novel Inc., News from the Novel Incubator: On Writing Space and New Beginnings

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“Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say goodbye. I hate goodbyes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.”

 – Charles M. Schulz

Last year around this time, I wrote a post about how elated Michelle Hoover and I both felt following the pilot year of our team-taught Novel Incubator program

Lisa Borders

Novel Inc, News from the Novel Incubator: How to Write a Best Seller

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By Belle Brett



10 carefully selected, eager students with novel drafts

2 well-seasoned instructors with published novels (several published authors may be substituted for one instructor)

1 supportive writing organization (we recommend Grub Street)

Optional: Libations and treats


Novel, Inc.: Loving Your Unemployed Novel

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 By Jack Ferris

Note: The story contained in this entry is true(ish).  The details (really, the majority of the material) have been changed to protect nobody in particular.

“How's that writing workshop going?” my mother often asks.

Of course, I tell her it's going well.

“Good,” she says.  “Because I still don't have that house on the ocean.”


Novel, Inc.: In the Company of Writers—Novel Incubator as Community

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By Belle Brett

Writing is a solitary activity, isn’t it? Well, yes, if you consider only the time you spend inside your head or banging at the keyboard.  As those of us who participated in the intense, year-long experience of the Novel Incubator (NI) can testify, writing is also very much about community.  Among its many advantages, being a part of a writing community helps one to feel authenticated as a writer.


Novel, Inc.: Portrait of the Writer as an Old Man

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By Rob Wilstein

New York Times November 20, 2012

Simon & Schuster released a new novel by Herman Wouk, the 97-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Caine Mutiny,” the publisher said on Monday.

New York Times November 20, 2062

Eclipsing Herman Wouk’s long-held record, 110-year-old Boston author Rob Wilstein finally releases his first novel, his publisher said on Monday.