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

Novel Revision Strategies: Taking Your Manuscript to the Next Level

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

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.

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. 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!

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!