Writing the Novel with Janis Cooke Newman (9/21 – 10/26)

Janis Cooke Newman (Photo by Chris Hardy)

Instructor: Janis Cooke Newman
Number of sessions: 6
Meeting time: Wednesday nights, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dates: September 21 – Oct. 26

Course fee: $385

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are non-refundable

Description: This class is meant to help novel-writers with some of the biggest challenges of writing a book-length work of fiction – plot, structure, keeping the both tension & your morale up, and just plain not losing your way. We’ll look at things like bad behavior (mostly your character’s), when (and when not) to use direct dialogue, and how to create a three-dimensional world on the page. We’ll also deal with the sometimes disheartening world of publishing.

Rather than do formal workshopping, we’ll do more short written experiments meant to stimulate your creativity and generate lots of new writing. There will be in-class feedback.

Because this is a process class, it is equally useful for writers just beginning a novel, as well as those who are well into the revision phase. It is also a good lead-in to the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Support Group workshop offered in November.

Instructor Bio: Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the novel Mary, which was a Bay Area Bestseller, a Booksense Year-End Pick, named Best Historical Novel of 2006 by USA Today, and a Finalist for an LA Times Book Prize. She is also the author of the memoir The Russian Word for Snow, which has been translated into several languages. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, as well as on Salon.com, and in numerous magazines. She is a frequent contributor to the LA Times and SF Chronicle travel sections.