Description of Class
You’ve begun to write your novel, or have notes and ideas and are ready to get started.
Now it’s time for the next phase—shaping your material into a draft and continuing to build your story. After the first blush of love for our novels, our decision-making process can get muddled—it’s hard to see the story’s structure, to understand the book’s scope, to deal with “unruly” characters, or to find the motivation and stamina necessary to finish the book.
That’s where Novel Foundations, led by award-winning novelist Frances de Pontes Peebles, can help.
This 8-week class will tackle the issues that can cause roadblocks in a novel. Lively discussion, in-class writing exercises, and supportive yet insightful workshops will give you the tools and the momentum to continue writing and eventually reach the finish line.
The class is perfect for students who have taken our How to Write a Novel class, Advanced Fiction Workshop, participants of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), or anyone who has either notes and ideas or their opening chapters and rough pages of their novel.
What you’ll learn:
- How to craft scenes and chapters
- Strategies for controlling pacing and revealing key information
- Ways to deepen your understanding of your characters
- When to reveal key pieces of information in your plot
- How to move past blocks and stay motivated
- Tackling revision
What you’ll write:
- Your book! (Continuing to write chapters and add pages to your draft)
- Writing exercises relevant to the craft topics discussed in class
What you’ll read:
- Excerpts from published novels
- Manuscripts written by fellow students to be discussed in workshops
Note: Please be prepared to read—or at least get a head start on—Shirley Jackson’s short novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, before the first class session. Feel free to reach out to us with questions at email@example.com.Top