*No meeting April 15.*
“The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything.”
– Milan Kundera
This workshop is designed for people currently engaged in writing a long-form writing project. Limited to 12 participants.
So you’re writing a novel. Maybe this is your first try—you’re several chapters in and full of questions. Or maybe you’re an old hand. You’ve got through a first draft, and what you need are readers, preferably people like you with sharp eyes, big hearts, and plenty of questions. This is the right place for you.
We will examine what a novel is, and how blurry the line separating so-called fact from fiction is becoming. We’ll talk about elements fundamental to all story-telling no matter what genre or sub-genre, and also issues of particular importance to novels and other long prose works (e.g., how to handle backstory and research, shaping compelling scenes and stringing them together into a plot that makes readers want to turn pages). Other possible topics include beginnings and endings, and writing sex. In the first meetings we’ll bring in novel excerpts to read aloud and discuss, but the main springboard for discussions about craft and technique will be your own writing.
Over the course of ten weeks, you will have the possibility of submitting for feedback two chapters of your project, as well as your synopsis. You will decide the kind and degree of feedback you wish for each submission. Questions—not advice—will be the order of the day. Feedback will be offered orally during the workshop by peers, and each submission will receive detailed written comments from the workshop leader.
The cost for this 10-week workshop is:
QWF Members: $205*
Student Members: $113*
*+ PayPal/Credit Card fee if paying online