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

Unlock Your Novel's Midpoint

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

The midpoint is the focal point of your story and arguably the most important beat. It is often the moment that determines whether or not your characters reach their goal. What your characters realize and decide at this moment will chart their course directly to the climax. So in this narrative moment, don’t let your story sag in tension or conflict. In this seminar, novel writers of any genre are invited to learn the techniques for creating an engaging and compelling midpoint. Writers will walk away with a better understanding of how their midpoints relate to other beats of their story, and how their protagonist’s decisions and actions in this moment will lift the second half of the story.
Together, we'll debunk the myths about midpoints and review examples from published works by Violet Kupersmith, Tommy Orange, Kristin Hannah, Andrew Sean Greer, and Jacqueline Woodson. Then we'll unpack recommendations to make sure the midpoint earns its place as the centerpiece of your story.



Class Format

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!



Scholarship Information

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

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!