The Life and Times of Writing a Novel

Instructor: James Naremore
Date: 6 Wednesdays: 8/29, 9/5, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 (skips 9/12)
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $300 nonmembers, $192 members, $168 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

Writing long-form fiction is a complicated and arduous process. It can be compared to taking a long journey into unknown territories, usually into the writer herself.

In this class we will expand on this process, looking at how it works from the journey’s inception (inspiration and idea “Traction”) to the creation of a first draft, to the real craft of writing in the re-write process, and beyond into the strange Wonderland of getting published. We will look at the “who” (character creation), “what” (plotting), “how” (the process of doing the work start to completion), “when” (getting ready, being ready, and striking while the iron is hot), and most importantly… “Why”… Why are we creating this work and going through this long, frustrating and difficult journey? 

Over the course of the six weeks we will also have the opportunity to workshop our writing. Each class participant will provide a part of their work to the rest of the class, and we will provide feedback on the piece.

This class is open to all writers, new or experienced. The genre of the novel is not important, but because we will be workshopping pages from the novels, it is important that the work has begun. We will be looking at the first ten pages of the story as it exists (first draft is perfect!)


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