Novel Intensive

Monday through Friday, March 3-7th from 3:00-6:00pm
GrubStreet HQ (Remote)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

Do you have a great idea for a novel but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’re well on your way, but lately your manuscript has become a flabby mass of pages? Either way, this course will whip that novel into shape. Over the course of four days, we will focus on the elements of craft necessary to sustain a book-length narrative, from structure to scene, character arcs to subplots. We will read excerpts from a range of published novels, pick them apart as writers, and apply these lessons to our own projects. The course will include substantial in-class writing time and an optional homework assignment every evening and will culminate in a one-on-one meeting with the instructor to discuss your opening chapter and outline. Please note that the same craft issues also pertain to memoir, so this class is also open to writers of creative nonfiction. Writing a novel is a long, unpredictable journey, but you will end this course with a new set of tools to navigate your way.

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"This was a five-day workshop and our instructor was very knowledgeable about writing craft. His strengths are his knowledge, choice of writing prompts, and positive encouragement. The outside of class assignments could have been more rigorous. A suggestion for the future: listen and respond to the assignments at the beginning of class because we ran out of time to hear everyone's work."

"Steven was inspiring, informative and enjoyable. He shared many valuable readings with us as well as coloring the class with his wealth of related anecdotes. The mix of members made for lively discussions as he steered us towards the topics at hand. I hope to take more classes with Steven in the future."

"I cannot praise Steven enough. He made my time in class very worthwhile."


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Steven Beeber
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Frequent Deadlines"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Study Published Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons


  • The Novel

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How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book: Section A
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The Novel Series: Dynamic Scenes & Chapters
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Building a Novel With Good Bones: Structural Steps
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