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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Intermediate

Novel Revision Series: Zeroing in on Genre and Theme

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

Most novelists know whether their work in progress is science fiction, fantasy, literary, horror, or romance—but do you know the difference between a content genre and an internal genre? How about the difference between a maturation story and an education story? Between a tragedy and a pathetic plot? Have you isolated your protagonist’s external and internal stories? Have you articulated a controlling idea and a premise? Our goal in this workshop will be to more clearly define the genres and subgenres of our novels in progress, because in examining the assumptions and expectations inherent in those genres we can gain valuable perspective on our work’s basic architecture. We’ll also give some thought to the broad ideas underlying our work—to that most intractable of questions: What’s it about?

By looking at your own novel in progress from a number of different angles, you’ll get a better vantage point for a revision that will make your novel not only easier to publish, but more appealing and satisfying for readers. Bring a one-page, single-spaced synopsis and the first three pages of your work in progress, along with the titles of three to five “comp” books – novels that are in some way comparable to the book you’re trying to write.

Part of GrubStreet's Novel Revision Series, led by Tim Weed and designed for those who have either finished or are nearing completion of a novel draft. Take every class in the series or simply choose the craft topics that are relevant to the revision challenges you face with your novel in progress. Classes include:

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!