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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Intermediate
  • 9 Weeks

Novel II: The Middle

No Longer Enrolling

  • $595.00 Non-Member
  • $570.00 Member

Class Description

Writing a novel can be like going on a joyride. You've stolen the time to take the journey, and now you're out on the streets, honking wildly, enjoying the rush. Who knew there was so much to see, so many places to visit? And the power of that engine! But suddenly you're running out of gas, going slower and slower, until finally you're rolling into the breakdown lane and just waiting to get locked up.

This class is designed to help you keep up the pace and direction of writing a novel. We will discuss strategies for maintaining the energy, both in content and form. We also will explore the structural elements of the middle pages and related midpoint issues such as conflict, complication, and chapter function. Ultimately, we will discover not only how to approach the middle, but how to find our ways through it if we're struggling to get out. With the proper tools, the middle can be a journey of increasing excitement, not a slog of repetition that feels like a prison sentence.

Each student will be able to workshop up to 50 pages of their novel, in two submissions of up to 25 pages.

Recommended for three types of students: those with a full first draft of a novel, those without a full first draft who have a series of scenes they need to piece together, and those who are ready for a more detailed workshopping of their middle pages. Students should already have taken an introductory novel class, at GrubStreet or elsewhere, before taking this class.

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.

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!