Description of Class
Program Cost: $1875
Congratulations and Welcome to Novel in a Year.
To secure your spot in Novel in a Year: First Draft, please register and pay no later than Thursday, August 24, 2017.
This is the year to write your novel!
Novel in a Year: First Draft is a unique opportunity to join a writing cohort, study novel craft, workshop key scenes, measure your progress, meet deadlines, and give and get support for the long slog from plotting to composition and beyond. Benefit from special Master Classes from visiting authors, and enjoy a writing retreat with other novelists.
It’s a chance to devote an entire year to your novel, giving it the attention and effort your work deserves. Acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai (The Hundred-Year House, Music For Wartime) will help you through the drafting process and provide personalized guidance and feedback on your manuscript.
HOW IT WORKS
Students will meet monthly for three-hour sessions to discuss craft, solve drafting challenges, workshop 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 online class forum.
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 Rebecca for 100-page manuscript reviews.
Students enrolled in this course will receive complementary admission and early registration to four classes from our acclaimed Master Class series throughout the year—a $300 value. (Recent and upcoming writers include Jennifer Haigh, Gina Frangello, Rob Spillman, Boris Fishman, and B. A. Shapiro.)
The class also includes a one-day spring retreat, where you can write, think, and mingle at lunch and over drinks with students in our other novel workshops. Additionally, throughout the year we will organize two optional evening social gatherings. As a writer in our Novel in a Year program, you’re considered a “VIP” at the studio.
YOUR WRITING COMMUNITY
Whether you’ve already made headway on your novel or are just gathering ideas, your cohort will provide the structure, companionship, feedback, good humor and emotional support to help you see your project through.
You’ll also join StoryStudio’s larger community—in person and on social media—where you can connect with students from other classes, receive “first chance” invitations to special programming, and stay informed about literary events around the city.
The Novel In a Year program has been going for six years strong, and you will have the opportunity to benefit socially and professionally from a strong network of alumni, many of whom are experiencing publishing success.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Specific topics covered during the class sessions include:
- Plotting & Pacing
- Voice, Tense & POV
- Scene Building
- Character Building
- The Vast Middle
- Major Edits & Line Edits
- Representing Your Novel
- The Publication Process
All students will receive as part of the program:
- Monthly 3-hour class sessions
- Feedback on short scenes in class workshops
- 100-page manuscript review and individual meeting with Rebecca
- Four Master Classes (plus early registration)
- One-day writers retreat
- Two optional social gatherings, plus VIP invitations to special events
- Private online forum for exchanging additional work and sharing articles and links of interest
- Accountability check-ins to report your progress and struggles
- Opportunities for alumni to stay connected and continue building their support network
PLEASE NOTE: This program is for novelists who are ready to make a strong commitment to their work, and our waitlist for the course is typically very long. Students will be expected to participate in the full program.Top