Novel Revision Series: What’s Your Novel “About”? - Remote!
“What’s your novel about?” This simple question, all too familiar to most working novelists, is not as simple as it seems, and for many of us it’s surprisingly hard to answer. Yet working through the difficult process of answering it can be extremely helpful to us as we conceive and revise our novels, and eventually, as we try to sell and find readers for them. In this interactive clas we’ll discuss three different ways to respond to the crucial question of what your novel is “about”—concept, premise, and theme—and apply what we learn to our own works-in-progress in a series of brief and potentially illuminating exercises.
This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! 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 via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.
For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:
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- Computer or Tablet Recommended
- Concept Development
- The Novel
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