Novel Writing

A novel is a world into which a reader disappears for hours or days at a time, navigating through time and space and human psychology. We live with the characters, be they a glamorous bootlegger living the high life, or a mixed-up teenager on hiatus from prep school, or a neurotic woman trying to lose weight and land a man.

Writing a novel is a long haul—a steep climb over hundreds of pages that must work as a unified and engrossing whole. Here you will learn the specialized techniques of novel writing and how to market your work.

If you’re up for the challenge, we’ll show you how to write a novel to remember.

Notes

Fiction I encompasses short stories and novels. After Level I, students have a choice of Fiction II/III (focusing on short stories), or Novel II/III (focusing on novels).

Novel First Draft works differently than other 10-week Workshops. The course is devoted to powering through the first draft of a novel rather than to critiquing. The other courses listed here, including Novel Critique, involve critiquing of student projects.

If you are working on “genre” fiction, you may take either a Fiction/Novel course or one of our genre courses: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Mystery.

If you are working on a YA novel, you may take a Fiction/Novel or “genre” course, or you may take a Children’s Book course, where the full spectrum of children’s books will be covered.

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I learned several specifics about writing a novel, such as story drivers and presenting character attitude when writing description. I also feel far more confident on how to approach the writing of a novel—what essential elements I need to map out before getting to work on writing it.
James Hornbeck
retired

Novel Writing I

There is no Novel Writing I. Start with Fiction I.

For Level II, choose either First Draft (focusing on a first draft, with no critique) or Critique (focusing on critiquing of novels).

Novel First Draft | Level II

10-week Class

Online info, tuition: $399
NYC info, tuition: $425
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The aim of this course is to power through a large portion (or all) of your first draft without stopping for feedback or self-doubt. You get craft and inspirational information, weekly worksheets, and a support group, but there is no critiquing of student work (aside from teacher feedback on your worksheets). Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Worksheets (to help develop your novel)
  • Weekly word-count goals

Prerequisite: Fiction Writing I (10-week), or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

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 Feb 7

Novel Critique | Level II

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Online info, tuition: $399 (returning students: $369)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

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This course helps you sharpen your skills at novel writing and work toward completion (or revision) of a novel. Sections of your novel will be critiqued by the teacher and fellow students. Writers often repeat Novel II to continue their projects. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work three times)

Prerequisite: Fiction Writing I (10-week), or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

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