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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 Mon, Sep 11 at 5 pm. Click here for submission guidelines.