Do you have a novel in progress? Do you need motivation, feedback, and deadlines to help you complete it?
This class is open to writers who are in the process of writing or revising a novel. You will spend two months writing, shaping, and revising your novel in progress.
This class is right for you if:
You are committed to writing or revising 5-10 pages per week.
You want to find the best structure for your novel, create suspense, make the characters more complex, develop your plot, and write a memorable ending.
You've struggled with your novel-in-progress, or your novel needs a kick-start.
You need deadlines to help you get the words on the page.
If you're serious about your writing and have been considering getting a professional critique of your work, the Novel Writing Master Class offers a great return on your investment. I rarely accept new private clients (see private editing rates here), but when you enroll in this class, you will receive my feedback on a significant portion of your novel.
What kind of feedback will you receive? I will provide feedback on characterization, plot, structure, voice, dialogue, style, and other elements of your novel. My feedback will not include extensive line edits; instead, I will be focusing on the big picture of your story and the success of your scenes and chapters.
If you prefer not to share your work just yet, you may choose the non-critique option, which will give you access to everything except feedback.
Yes! If you took the Novel Writing Master Class in November and have new chapters you want to write, I encourage you to take this class! While many of the video and written lectures will be familiar to you from the previous course, the live meetings will be entirely new and will now be held primarily on Saturdays to accommodate everyone. Once again, you'll be receiving critique on your novel-in-progress. Returning students receive a 10% discount.
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.