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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Intermediate
  • 21 Weeks

Novel Intensive

No Longer Enrolling

  • $275.00 Non-Member
  • $245.00 Member

Class Description

Do you have a great idea for a novel but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’re well on your way, but lately, your manuscript has become a flabby mass of pages? Either way, this course will whip that novel into shape. Over the course of five days, we will focus on the elements of craft necessary to sustain a book-length narrative from structure to scene, character arcs to subplots. We will read excerpts from a range of published novels, pick them apart as writers, and apply these lessons to our own projects.

The course will include substantial in-class writing time and an optional homework assignment every evening and will culminate in a one-on-one meeting with the instructor to discuss your opening chapter and outline. Please note that the same craft issues also pertain to memoir, so this class is also open to writers of creative nonfiction. Writing a novel is a long, unpredictable journey, but you will end this course with a new set of tools to navigate your way.

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!