TUESDAYS, APR. 20 – MAY 25 | This workshop-based class is designed for writers currently working on novels and ready to revise portions of their manuscripts. In our first session, students will share a bit about their works-in-progress and where they are in the writing process. We will also outline the rules for our workshop and discuss how best to give—and receive—helpful, constructive feedback. After that, our class time will be devoted to workshopping chapter-length sections from students’ novels, focusing on ways to deepen character depictions and motivations, hone narrative voice, and craft a compelling arc on a scene-by-scene basis. To supplement our workshop, we will also read and discuss excerpts from published novels to deepen our understanding of how great writers across genres use elements of craft and story to create gripping narratives and unforgettable characters. By the end of the course, each student will have the opportunity to receive feedback on at least two novel excerpts from their classmates and instructor.
While this class does not have specific course requirements, it may be best suited for students who have taken Emily’s Intro to Novel-Writing class or another multi-week novel course.
This class will meet on Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.
Emily Holleman is the author of Cleopatra’s Shadows and The Drowning King (both Little Brown & Company), the first of which was long-listed for the HWA Debut Crown. She is currently working on a speculative novel set in California of the not-so-distant future. Her nonfiction has appeared in Elle, LitHub, Salon, and BookPage, among others.
Number of sessions: 6
Dates: Tuesdays, April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm Pacific Time
Course fee: $375