Description of Class
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As writers, we want our novels to end in a way that stays true to everything that leads up to it, but we also want the ending to do more—to surprise, devastate, delight. If that weren’t difficult enough, there’s also the problem of deciding when our draft is truly “done.”
In this class—the final of three in our novel craft series with author Joseph Scapellato—we’ll tackle the tricky challenges of ending a novel. We’ll examine the techniques used in the endings of varied published novels; discuss revision strategies related to endings; and talk frankly about “resistance,” the phenomenon where the closer we get to ending a project, the longer it takes us. We’ll also take a close look at multiple revisions made to one novel’s ending.
Students will take away a number of practical strategies for crafting a compelling “ending” to their novels, no matter where they are in their process.Top