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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Advanced
  • 9 Weeks

Custom Master Novel in Progress

No Longer Enrolling

  • $795.00 Non-Member
  • $765.00 Member

Class Description

This class is for novelists who have taken workshops before, and who have finished or are well on their way to completing their first, second or further draft. A week prior to class, you will submit 100 (double-spaced) pages of their manuscript for discussion and critique. The instructor will provide detailed written feedback for each submission; you will be expected to write at least one page of feedback. Craft lessons will accompany weekly workshopping—addressing character development, dialogue, point-of view, plot, emotional resonance and the underlying themes and belief systems supporting your novels.

After ten weeks, you will have the following: 100 pages of your novel critiqued for development by the instructor. A section (3-5 pages) of each manuscript will be fully edited and revised by the instructor, to illustrate (to all students) how craft technique and/or more sophisticated fiction practice can improve novels. You will also have your work discussed in detail for two-three hours. Examining large sections of each novel in class helps determine revision plans (vis-a-vis everything from character development to plot, and all in between.)

Questions and concerns about publishing will also be addressed by the instructor, as well as when and how to write a query letter.

Important dates:

The application deadline for this class is March 1st at 11:59pm. Applicants can expect to learn of decisions 1-2 weeks after the deadline.

To apply, please click the red "SEE DIRECTIONS TO APPLY" button in the top right corner of this page. This application will ask you to detail your workshop experience. It will also ask you to upload a 5-10 page writing sample. Please make sure this writing sample is in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, and in 12-point font. For tracking purposes, your name should appear in the file name (e.g. Smith.Novel Title.Submission). Decisions will be emailed to applicants approx. 1-2 weeks after the deadline. You can also track the status of your application in your Grubstreet profile. Please make sure your application is complete before you finally click "APPLY." If you have any technical difficulties filling out this application, please email [email protected]. You will receive a confirmation email once our system has received your submission.

Did you know that we have scholarships available for all GrubStreet classes? To apply, click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button in the top right corner of this page. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your scholarship application and await our Scholarship Committee's decision before registering for the class. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively. For "Master" classes, please submit both the class application and the scholarship application before the deadline stated above.

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!