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  Welcome to the Novel Writing Master Class


Thank you for joining me for the Novel Writing Master Class.

Lectures will be posted at noon Pacific Standard Time each Wednesday.

Our first video meeting will be on Saturday, January 24. You will receive an email containing a link to the meeting before it begins. For our meetings, we use Zoom, a free, user-friendly app that you can download to your desktop, laptop, ipad, or phone. Please go here to download the app.


Your first submission will be due on January 27th. For this assignment, you can either complete the suggested assignment or simply submit the first chapter of your novel to me. Submissions can be up to 2500 words. Please email your submission as a Word doc to In the subject line, please include your name & the words Week 1 Submission. (Please note that if you are enrolled with the non-critique option, you will not be submitting work to me.)

Submission Deadlines:

January 27 - up to 2,500 words

Feb. 3 - up to 5,000 words

Feb. 17 - up to 5,000 words

March 2 - up to 5,000 words

March 16 - up to 5,000 words

Please introduce yourself.

In the comments section below, please introduce yourself.

  • What are you working on?
  • Where are you located?
  • What to do you hope to get out of this class?


Ideally, you will write one chapter of 8-10 pages per week. I will post assignments each Wednesday. The assignments are simply there for guidance if you're struggling with what to write that week. You may either complete the assignment or simply continue on the work of your novel-in-progress. I request that you submit up to 10 pages (or up to 2,500 words) of writing for me to review at the end of the first week. Additional deadlines will be posted as the class progresses.


Each week, we will have a dedicated discussion board titled WEEK ONE DISCUSSION, WEEK TWO DISCUSSION, etc.

Please use this space to post questions and comments. Each Wednesday, when your new assignments and lectures go live, the new discussion board will be posted as well. Please use the discussion board for the appropriate week so that we're all on the same page.

The best way to take part in the discussions is with a free Disqus account, but you can also log in with Facebook or Twitter. When you click "comment" below a lecture, you will be prompted to log in with Disqus, Facebook, or Twitter.

If you don't yet have a Disqus account, you'll be prompted to create one when you click the Disqus icon. In your Disqus settings, be sure to put a check mark beside "Subscribe automatically to the discussions you comment on." See an example of recommended settings below.

A note on lectures and subject matter:

I have put together a series of lectures that I believe address the most pressing concerns of novelists. These lectures are designed for writers who already have a basic understanding of narrative craft and are prepared to look at deeper issues of novel structure, plotting, character development, and style. However, I am always eager to address your concerns as they arise. To that end, I hope that you will send me questions about subjects that you want to discuss in our video meetings, or topics that you would like to see addressed in written lectures.