Novel Builder: Online

6 weeks online; NO LIVE MEETINGS. Class opens January 20th
Online (WetInk)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

It is said that a typical contemporary novel has twelve major scenes. In this course,  we will plant the seeds for six of those scenes. You may have a novel in progress or you may be starting out with only an idea. Either way, in this course, the goal is to come out of this course with 6 scenes that will move your story forward. Each week, we will explore a different type of scene and the elements involved, and then put what we learn to practice when we write our own scenes. You will have the opportunity to receive feedback on your novel several times throughout the course of the class, and because novel-writing is as much about process as the end product, we will also discuss our own writing processes, including how we plan, how to hold ourselves accountable to writing, etc. You will leave the class six scenes closer to a draft of your novel, and the tools to finish it.

*NOTE that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink, our online class platform, before 5pm on the first day of class.


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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Caroline Woods
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Workshop
  • Generate New Work
  • In-Class Writing
  • Homework
  • Craft Lessons


  • The Novel

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