Do you want to write a novel but you're not sure where to begin? Have you started a novel, only to find yourself feeling lost? Has your story hit a brick wall? Do you feel that you're missing some of the tools you need to write or finish a novel?
Then this class is for you! In this course, you'll learn from a New York Times bestselling author with more than a decade of experience teaching creative writing at the graduate level.
In this course, you'll learn:
-how to create characters who live and breathe on the page
-how to choose the best point of view for your novel
-how to use dialogue to propel the story
-how to hook the reader in the first chapter
-how to vividly depict the physical world of the story
-how plan your novel using lists and a story chart
-how to craft convincing plot twists
-how to find your own unique voice
-how to use theme to deepen the reader's experience
-how to revise your novel with an eye toward publication
WHAT YOU'LL GET
Course Structure: This course includes eight modules. Each module consists of instructional videos, written lectures, an assignment, and discussion forums. When you enroll, you receive immediate access to the first module. You'll receive a new module each week. You can access your course at any time, from any device. Students may also submit questions for video response by the instructor.
Goals and Outcomes: You will leave this class with a clear understanding of how to write a novel. You'll get a firm grasp on the elements of narrative craft that make up a novel: plot, characterization, point of view, dialogue, setting and description, and theme. We'll end with a module on revision, providing you with clear next steps to take in your novel writing journey.
Who will benefit from this course? This course is suitable for writers who want to begin a novel or continue work on a novel-in progress. No previous workshop experience is required.
This course is the first course in the Novel Writing Master Class Series.
If you already want to focus solely on plot, enroll in PLOTTING THE NOVEL, the second course in the series.
Do you want to learn the basics of narrative craft before jumping into a novel? Start with MASTER THE SHORT STORY: The Fundamentals of Fiction, an 8-week introductory-level course in which you'll learn the fundamentals of narrative craft and write a story for publication.
Michelle Richmond is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog, and two story collections, including Hum, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress, winner of the Grace Paley Prize for Fiction. Her new novel will be published in 2017, with foreign editions forthcoming in 27 languages. She has taught in the MFA programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, St. Mary's College of Moraga, Bowling Green State University, and Notre Dame de Namur University, where she held the Catherine Julie Cunningham Chair. She has also taught novel writing online for Stanford Continuing Studies. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami, where she was a James Michener Fellow. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.
Her articles on narrative craft have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Writer's Digest, and Glimmer Train's newsletter for writers, and her essays about literature have appeared in The Believer and Oxford American. Her stories and essays have also appeared in Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, and many other magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.
A NOTE FROM MICHELLE
How much time have you spent wanting to write a novel? How much time have you spent wishing your manuscript would come together? How often have you felt that you've written yourself into a corner, or that you have a great idea but you just can't quite figure out the best way to tell it?
When I completed my MFA program in the late nineties, I had a few published stories but no idea how to write a novel. I had learned craft at the micro level, as so many MFA students do, analyzing short stories line by line. What I hadn't learned was how to construct a novel, how to tell a long story that would draw readers in and keep them turning pages.
I designed this course based on my experiences writing and publishing five novels,as well as teaching for many years in Masters of Fine Arts programs in Creative Writing. I've written a novel that quietly fizzled, selling fewer than 10,000 copies, and I've written a novel that sold more than half a million copies. The ups and downs of my publishing career, combined with my years of teaching, have allowed me to see writing from many angles, and have given me the opportunity to think about what makes for a successful novel--both critically and in terms of readership. Over the years, through thousands of hours of trial and error, I have learned how to craft a plot that attracts publishers and engages readers. In this course, I share those techniques with you.
Join us, and make 2017 the year you commit to writing your novel.