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

The Novel Series: How to Hold Up Your Middle & Find Your Ending

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

Having trouble keeping the energy of your novel going through the sometimes deadly middle pages? Have no idea where or how to discover your novel’s ending? Though the opening pages grab your reader, a novel that sinks after the first third will never see the light of day. Through craft discussions, the examination of published work, and writing exercises, we will look at how a strong “signature” buttresses the “roof” of your book, and how to increase the stakes at mid-point in order to renew your reader’s interest. We will also discuss how a thorough understanding of your protagonist’s desires and wounds, as well as you own personal vision about the novel’s “premise,” determines where you should end, how, and when. By the end of the course, you will have a plan for getting back to your writing desk and renewed energy about where your novel is going. Bring your laptops or notebooks and a digital or printed copy of your novel-in-progress for reference. Part of a monthly series of 10 one-day classes for novelists at the beginning or more advanced stages of their manuscripts.

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!