Description of Class
Sometimes when we hit the middle of a novel draft, we slow down. We feel a little lost. We might not be sure if our beginning connects to the middle in a meaningful way, or perhaps we feel iffy about how to make what comes next relevant and interesting.
This single-session class—the second of three in our novel craft series with author Joseph Scapellato—will focus on the craft-related challenges of composing and revising the middle of a novel, as well as what to do about the more existential difficulties of feeling “stuck” in this part of the process as a whole. We’ll discuss strategies for dealing with “narrative slackening,” such as increasing the intensity in relationships, time, and setting, as well as thematic “interpenetration”—using one part of your novel to solve a problem in a different part—in addition to practical approaches to outlining, notetaking, and creating a supportive writing community.
Students will leave this class with immediately applicable ideas for writing, revising, and enriching the important middle portions of their novel drafts, whether those portions are already drafted or currently in the planning stage.Top