Novel Writing Master Class Series 2021

Four inspiring self-paced courses to help you write and publish your novel

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Do you want to write a novel? Do you have a story you want to tell, but you don't know how to begin? Do you want to learn narrative craft in a fun, practical environment? Do you prefer to set your own schedule and work at your own pace?

Then the Novel Writing Master Class Series is for you.

This series will help you learn the nuts and bolts of novel writing, so you can feel confident to start (and finish) your novel. Every module includes craft lessons, assignments to help you practice what you've learned, recommended reading, and ongoing discussions.

When you enroll in the series, you'll get the following self-paced courses:

  • Novel Writing Master Class 1: Novel Beginnings, Character, Description, Point of View, & Suspense (5 modules)
  • Novel Writing Master Class 2: Dialogue, Structure, Theme, Novel Endings, & Revision (5 modules)
  • Novel Writing Master Class 3: The Art of Plot: How to Plot and Structure Your Novel (8 modules)
  • Publishing Boot Camp (5 modules) - You'll learn about agents and editors and how to get them, how to choose between traditional and independent publishing, how to increase your chances of publication, and more.

A comprehensive education in narrative craft

The 23 modules in these courses cover the key aspects of narrative craft: characterization, point of view, plot, structure, dialogue, voice, setting and description, voice, and more. You'll learn how to write an unputdownable opening chapter, create compelling characters, structure and pace your novel, write authentic dialogue, create a dynamic story chart, write a final chapter that leaves your readers thinking (and talking) about your novel, and more.

You will work through all four courses at your own pace. Regular assignments will help you get the words on the page, and discussion boards give you an opportunity to ask questions and connect with other writers.

You will have access to all content for two years from the date of enrollment.


This is an entirely self-paced set of courses. You can do a few modules, take some time off, and return to do a few more. You can work through one module per week, or take longer if you need. This is not a workshop course, and you will not be submitting your work for feedback. The goal of this series is to help you apply the principles of narrative craft to your own novel. This is an information-rich course, perfect for self-starters who prefer to set their own schedule.

Recommended for:

The Novel Writing Master Class Series is recommended for anyone who wants to learn the art and craft of novel writing. It is suitable for you if you have a novel-in-progress, or if you want to begin writing a novel. It is also a great fit for anyone who has tried to write a novel but stalled at some point in the process.

(If you work better with deadlines and a set schedule, you will enjoy Novel in Nine). If yo prefer live meetings, please hit the contact button to inquire about availability in the next Writing Reboot).

How long have you wanted to write a novel?

If you're here, chances are you've been dreaming of writing a novel for quite some time. Maybe you've written a chapter or two, had a few false starts, made an outline, or abandoned your novel halfway through. Or maybe you haven't even started yet, because the idea seems too daunting.

If so, it's time to commit to your novel and invest in yourself.

Imagine yourself with a completed draft, on the road to finding an agent and publisher. Instead of saying, "I want to write a novel," you can finally say, "I wrote a novel." Imagine saying, "I'm a writer," and meaning it, and having something to show for it.

Why wait? Enroll now, and get your novel out of your head and onto the page.

Because the only person who can write your story is you!

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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 commit to writing your novel.

Your Instructor

Michelle Richmond
Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels and two award-winning story collections. Her books have been published in 30 languages. She has taught in the Masters of Fine Arts programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts and has served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary's College of Moraga, Bowling Green State University, and Notre Dame de Namur University. She has also designed and taught novel writing courses online for Stanford Continuing Studies. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.

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