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  • Intensive
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

2016 Novel Generator

No Longer Enrolling

  • Tuition: See Course Description

Class Description

A nine-month program designed to help students at all levels complete a first draft of a novel in an environment that offers support, accountability, and feedback appropriate to this early stage in the novel-writing process. The course is divided into three phases, each with its own structure and goals.

Phase I, which lasts for six weeks, focuses on craft through a combination of lectures, exercises, and discussion of a common text.

Phase II, in which the class meets for fourteen weeks of workshopping using the Novel in Progress method—scenes read aloud in class for on-the-spot feedback. At the end of Phase II, students will submit three key scenes to the instructor, and will each have a one-on-one meeting with the instructor to discuss those scenes and the student’s vision for the novel as a whole. Students will also be paired during this time with a class “buddy” for weekly accountability during Phase III.

Phase III includes three class meetings and a one-hour meeting with the instructor, with students writing independently as they finish their novel drafts. Each student will have a 20-minute exit meeting with the instructor during the last week of the course, to solidify the next steps.

Through a combination of craft instruction, accountability, instructor feedback, and class continuity, the Novel Generator will help students finish their first drafts by the last class—or, in the case of long novels, make huge strides toward the ending.

You can read more about the program here.

*Note: The deadline for submitting applications has passed.

Scholarships Format/Location

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 detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!