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

Structural Steps: Building a Novel With Good Bones

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

Are you in the morass of meandering, researching, and sketching your novel but unable to get a firm hold? For those who are beginning a novel (or have begun many a book, but never finished), this seminar will provide a working outline for building the framework for your novel using the “how do you eat an elephant” approach: one bite at a time.

Participants will, step-by-step, move from initial idea to outline. Seminar participants should bring their story idea(s), index cards, pens, a computer or notebooks, highlighters, pens and pencils (with eraser!) By the end of the day, participants will walk out having a skeleton on which to build their novel.

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!