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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Advanced
  • 11 Weeks

Master Novel in Progress

No Longer Enrolling

  • $595.00 Non-Member
  • $570.00 Member

Class Description

This class is for novelists who have taken workshops before, and who have already made some progress on a first draft. The goals of this workshop are to write or revise at least 100 pages in ten weeks, as well as to identify and correct shortcomings in craft areas such as characterization, point of view, structure, plot and scenes. You will be asked to submit and read the first page and a one-page outline of each of your fellow writers’ novels before class begins; after that your time outside of class will be for your own work.

Feedback in this class will be delivered using the novel in progress method: reading your pages (7-8, double-spaced) aloud in class each week and receiving on-the-spot feedback from your fellow novelists and instructor. Each student will have a 15-minute individual conference with the instructor in one "studio" class midway through the course. At the end of class you will be invited to electronically submit 30 pages of your work to the instructor, and will receive feedback via e-mail. Class size limited to 9 students.

Authors discussed in this class may include:

  • Jonathan Franzen
  • Elizabeth Strout
  • Junot Diaz
  • Toni Morrison
  • Tom Perrotta
  • Claire Messud

The submission deadline for this class has passed. If you applied to this class, you will hear from the reading committee early next week (the week of August 25th).

NOTE: This class will not take place on October 29th, 2014.

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!