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Map Your Novel in 6 Weeks

6 Wednesdays from 10:30am-1:30pm, starting May 22nd
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
This class is full

Unsure where to take this wonderful novel idea you’ve had for months? Struggling to move past a few opening pages or chapters? Intimidated by the prospect of pulling off an entire manuscript? Unclear as to your protagonist’s motivations? If so, this class is for you!

We’ll start by spending some time delving into your characters, their motivations and potential for conflict. We will read one complete novel over the course of the term, discussing and analyzing it in order to better understand fictional elements such as character development, scene building, chapter structure, and narrative arc. We will use our understanding of these elements to create a plot outline that can serve as a road map for your first draft. Students will get the opportunity to share a few pages of their writing for feedback and can expect to leave with a concrete plan for next steps on their novel project.

Scholarship Information

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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Henriette Lazaridis
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"


  • Generate New Work
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Lecture
  • Class Discussion
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • The Novel

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