Novel in a Year

This class is sold out! Please email us to be notified of when the next session begins. Meets monthly beginning Monday, August 11, 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.

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

Rebecca Makkai’s second novel, The Hundred-Year House, will be available this summer from Viking/Penguin. Her first novel, The Borrower (Viking/Penguin, 2011), was a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, an O Magazine selection and one of Chicago Magazine‘s choices for best fiction of 2011. Her short fiction was chosen for The Best American Short Stories in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and has been featured in The Best American Nonrequired ReadingNew Stories from the MidwestBest New Fantasy, and several college literature textbooks. Her new stories appear regularly in publications such as Harper’sTin HousePloughsharesNew England Review and Ecotone, and on public radio’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. In addition to StoryStudio, Rebecca teaches at Lake Forest College and Sierra Nevada College. Her website is

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At A Glance

Dates: Meets monthly on Mondays: August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8, 2014; and January 12, Feb 17 (note: a Tuesday), March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, 2015

# of Sessions: 11

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Location: Chicago Studio

Course Fee: $1,075

This class is sold out! Please email us to be notified of when the next session begins.