Does not include service & handling fees, if applicable.
In this workshop, students will be able to submit three excerpts from a novel in progress for close reading and group discussion.
We’ll discuss general issues of writing fiction, but focus on the specific problems of writing a novel: developing a narrative voice that doesn’t run out of steam after two chapters; writing characters who change and are gradually revealed; and how to structure a plot over 200+ pages.
We’ll be reading a selection of first chapters from a variety of recent novels, from Beloved to The Hunger Games, to look at features they all have in common. In-class exercises will include developing a novel-length plot from a single idea. We’ll also be talking about what gives a novel charm and power; the difference between a novel that goes through the motions and a novel that readers love.
Students are chosen by Sandra Newman on the basis of a manuscript submission. Applications must be received by Wed, Feb 16 at 5 pm. Click here for submission guidelines.
Class meets Thursdays: February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, and 11.
Sandra Newman is co-author of How Not To Write A Novel and author of the novels The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, Cake and The Country of Ice Cream Star. “Sandra Newman is not merely a gifted writer. She is also a patient and insightful editor whose keen eye provides invaluable assistance to both the novice and experienced writer, alike. Her class was a pleasure,” wrote a former student.
Novel Writing with Sandra Newman