Novel in Progress

10 Thursdays, every other week, from 6:00-9:00pm, starting September 24th
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
This class is full

First drafts of novels can be messy, amorphous, and daunting. Sometimes, extensive critical feedback can be counterproductive before the first draft is finished, yet writers often find themselves losing focus without support and guidance. In class, we will do exercises, discuss craft issues—characterization, the protagonist's desire, plot and outlining, point of view, voice, dialogue —and read short scenes from each other's work, providing feedback in an environment that recognizes the specific challenges of the novel in progress. In the last class, all writers will be invited to submit twenty pages of their novels to receive a written critique from the instructor or have a one-hour, one-on-one meeting to discuss the writer's work with suggested strategies for finishing the manuscript. Novels of all genres are welcome. Please bring the first page (double-spaced, 12-point font) of your novel to the first class.

Please note that this class meets every other Thursday, with a break over the winter holidays. The class will meet on the following dates: 

Sept 24
Oct 8
Oct 22
Nov 5
Nov 19
Dec 10
Jan 7
Jan 21
Feb 4
Feb 18
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Lisa Borders
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