Novel in Progress
First drafts of novels can be messy, amorphous, and daunting. Some writers feel that extensive critical feedback can be counterproductive before the first draft is finished, yet they find themselves losing their focus without support and guidance. In class, we will do writing exercises, discuss craft issues (characterization, plot, point of view, etc.), analyze excerpts from published novels, and read scenes from our own work, providing guidance and feedback in an environment that recognizes the specific challenges of the novel in progress. Before the last class, all writers will be invited to submit twenty-five pages of their novels to receive either a written critique from the instructor or to have a one-on-one meeting to discuss suggested strategies for finishing the manuscript.
Novels of all genres are welcome. Please bring a 250 to 500 word synopsis of your novel to the first class.
This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!
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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