From Premise to Plan: Novel Builder - Remote!
Every novel starts with an idea, be it a character, a concept, a place, a time frame, or a speculative question. Oftentimes, excitement pushes immediate writing, but then, when that initial burst of energy fades, writers are left wondering one simple thing: what is this story about? This workshop encourages you to ask that question from the very beginning. Students will begin by focusing on their inspiration, turning that into a detailed premise in class. We then build on this premise, with a focus on developing the protagonist, antagonist, obstacles, and quest. Interspersed with the classroom exercises will be lecture on narrative structure, including POV, character, and story beats. Students will come away with a solid premise and plan for approaching their writing. As ideal for beginning writers as more advanced.
This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.
For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:
Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.
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