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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 5 Weeks

Novel Planning: Build It and Worlds Will Come

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  • $215.00 Non-Member
  • $205.00 Member

Class Description

Got a spark of an idea? A gem that’s churning in your brain, day and night? Are you ready to press fingers to keyboard but struggling with how to begin? This course will help to make the blank page less scary by giving you the tools to plan your novel. In-class exercises will prompt students to take the first steps in developing some of the foundational elements of their novel, including main character, setting, opening pages, and more. By focusing on character, plotting techniques, world-building (not just for fantasies!), and using your time most efficiently, this class will give you the building blocks you need to lay a foundation for your novel.

Please note: No class on 11/21.

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!