Your Book Starts Here: Storyboarding Intensive (Online)
So you have a work in progress that you’re excited about––maybe you have a first draft, maybe you have a lot of pages but no idea yet how they all fit together, or maybe you just have an idea and a lot of research material––but you’re not sure where to go next. If you’re ready to turn all of that material into a fully fleshed out book, you’ve come to the right place! In this class, you’ll learn a simple template that many professional writers use to build a strong structure of a novel, memoir, or nonfiction book, using a technique called storyboard brainstorming. Via the storyboard, you'll find which holes need filling, organize your research, and strengthen weak plots and character arcs. You'll also get to know what your book is really about and what to include and what to leave out (you may have more than one book here!). We'll first practice building our storyboard from "islands," or snippets of writing that aren't yet in sequence, then look at the inner and outer story balance to feed these islands into chapters. Weekly feedback from the instructor and your fellow classmates on your developing storyboard, plus great assignments to generate ideas and new directions for your book. By the end, you’ll have a clear roadmap to plan, write, and develop your book.
*NOTE that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink, our online class platform, before 5pm on the first day of class.
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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- Concept Development
- Class Discussion
- Generate New Work
- The Novel
- Short Fiction
- Book-Length Memoir