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Nuts and Bolts of Novel Planning: The First Chapter - Remote!

Friday, December 10th from 10:00am-1:00pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: Introductory
Adult (18+)
This class is full

Once writers have a good grounding in the first elements of novel planning, such as character, backstory, story beats, and world building, it becomes time to translate that into a first page, a first chapter. But repeatedly, even after doing the heavy lifting of novel planning, writers are unsure where to begin their story. This seminar will offer lecture and examples of how stories begin. Students will have a chance to have their first-page critiqued in class. 

Class Format

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!

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.

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Lori Goldstein
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  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Reading
  • Lecture
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing


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