Novel Revision Strategies: Taking Your Manuscript to the Next Level - Remote!

Friday, May 14th, 10:00am-1:00pm (EST)
GrubStreet HQ (Remote)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

Feeling stuck and frustrated with your novel's development? In this weekend seminar, students will have the opportunity to workshop the opening chapter of their novels while discussing strategies to revise and organize the manuscript's overall structure and character development. We will also examine excerpts from contemporary award-winning novels, such as Lisa Ko’s The Leavers, Christopher Castellani’s Leading Men and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, in understanding essential craft-related points. Revision strategies include utilizing different outlining techniques that help align character development with plot point advancement and overall novel structure. We will also practice techniques designed for more effective scene building that enhance narrative momentum and economy of language. Regardless of where students are in the development of their novel manuscript, this class offers valuable strategies, revision exercises and feedback to help them take their novels to the next level.

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:

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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Olivia Kate Cerrone
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  • Computer or Tablet Recommended
  • Class Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Craft Lessons


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

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