Novel in a Year

Meets monthly beginning Wednesday, February 4, 2014

This is the year to write your novel!

Novel in a Year is a unique opportunity to join a writing cohort, study novel craft, workshop key scenes, measure your progress, meet goals and deadlines, give and get support for the long slog from plotting to composition to revision and beyond.

Novelists will meet monthly for three-hour sessions to discuss craft, solve story issues, workshop brief scenes, and share some snacks and beverages. In between class sessions you’ll have plenty of time to write and generate new work while still staying in touch via StoryStudio’s private class blog.

We’ve structured this program to provide maximum benefit without demanding too much time away from focusing on your own work. In addition to workshopping short scenes in class, participants will meet individually with the instructor for 100-page manuscript reviews.

We will have an online forum for exchanging additional work, reporting our progress and struggles, and keeping ourselves honest in our work habits. Whether you’ve already made headway on your novel or are just gathering ideas, this group will provide the structure, companionship, feedback, good humor and emotional support to help you see your project through.

This course is limited to 12 students and is submission based. To apply, please contact us and submit up to 10 pages of either your novel draft or any comparable fiction project. StoryStudio will then contact you to determine if the Novel in a Year program, or a different workshop class, would be the best fit. The application deadline is Monday January 5, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is for novelists who are ready to make a strong commitment to their work. Students will be expected to participate in the full program.

Who should attend?

  • Adults 18 and over
  • Intermediate and Advanced writers

About the Instructor

Abby Geni is the author of the short story collection The Last Animal, published by Counterpoint Press. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship. Her stories have won first place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and the Chautauqua Contest. Additionally, her pieces have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Indiana Review, New Stories from the Midwest, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Fourth River, Camera Obscura, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. Over the years, Abby has taught writing in many forms to students of all ages and abilities, most recently at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently hard at work on a novel about loss, adulthood, and great white sharks.

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At A Glance

Dates: Meets monthly on Wednesdays: February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2, 2015

# of Sessions: 11

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Location: Chicago Studio

Course Fee: $1,075

To apply, please email us with a 10-page writing sample as a Word document. Application deadline is Monday, January 5, 2015.