In this workshop we will examine how effectively you have used the fundamentals of novel writing, such as characterization and motivation, scenes, dialogue, pacing and momentum, structure, voice, as well as more ephemeral elements such as tone, mood and atmosphere. The goal is to identify the strengths in your work as well as find the tools to unknot the tangled bits. 

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Time: eight Wednesdays, 18:00 to 20:00

Duration: 7 October - 25 November, 2020

Location: Online via Zoom—, ,

Description

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Applicants will be contacted about admission status the week of September 28.
Please note: payment will be due within 7 days of our contacting you, if you are accepted.

When well told, a story captured the subtle movement of change. If a novel was a map of a country, a story was the bright silver pin that marked the crossroads.
– Ann Patchett

This workshop is designed for advanced writers who are working on a novel. 

Limited to 10 participants.

You have invented an entire world of characters, imagined their stories, mapped out the landscape within which their lives are lived. You have a draft of your novel and feel that the silver pins are in their right places. Perhaps you have worked through a few chapters and arrived at a knotty problem. Whatever stage you’re at, you now want to step back and get a sense of perspective and receive impartial feedback from your peers, or maybe you simply want the motivation and comradery that a workshop can give you.

In this workshop we will examine how effectively you have used the fundamentals of novel writing, such as characterization and motivation, scenes, dialogue, pacing and momentum, structure, voice, as well as more ephemeral elements such as tone, mood and atmosphere. The goal is to identify the strengths in your work as well as find the tools to unknot the tangled bits. 

Over the course of 8 weeks, you will be expected to submit two chapters (maximum 15 pages each chapter) and a brief synopsis. You will receive oral feedback from your peers and detailed written comments from your workshop leader.

The cost for this 8-week workshop is:
QWF Members: $170*
Student Members: $98*
Non-Members: $195*
*+ PayPal/Credit Card fee if paying online


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Workshop leader

Credit: Dipti Gupta
Anita Rau Badami is a novelist whose works include Tamarind Mem, The Hero’s Walk, Can You Hear the Nightbird Call, Tell it to the Trees. Her books have been translated into several languages world-wide. She received the Marion Engel Prize for Fiction, the Commonwealth Award for Fiction (Regional), and the Premio Berto Literary Prize, Italy. Her work has also been nominated for the Impac Dublin Award, the Orange Prize, the Kiriyama Prize, the Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction, and QWF’s Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. She is currently quarreling with her fifth novel.

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