Novel Writing Master Class 2022

A 6-month, cohort-based master class for novelists. Get support, community, and accountability.

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Write your novel this year in Michelle Richmond's Novel Writing Master Class. Please note: this six-month, small-group course is by application only.

What you get in the 2022 Novel Writing Master Class

  • Weekly Lessons: Each week, you will receive a new video and written lecture, as well as suggested writing assignments. The lessons cover narrative craft, the writing process, and more.
  • Live meetings: From January through March, we will meet by Zoom for 30 minutes every other week so that you can see your fellow writers face-to-face and interact with the instructor. All meetings will be recorded, so you can watch them at your convenience if you cannot attend. Meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month and the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am PT, 2:00 pm ET.
  • Live workshops: From April through June, we will meet by Zoom for one hour every other week to discuss student work.
  • Discussions: You will also have 24/7 access to online discussions.
  • Outcome: In this six-month course, you will write a complete draft of your novel.
  • Small group = individual attention: This cohort is limited to 20 writers.

The 2022 Novel Writing Cohort begins on January 3, 2022 and ends on June 31, 2022. Apply here.

Workshops: For the first three months, you will write without sharing your work. This is so that you can get into the rhythm of writing without other voices in your head. Beginning in April, writers who wish to do so will submit up to 5,000 words per month to the group for critique. If you choose not to submit to the group, you can still submit your writing to Michelle for feedback.

Exclusive access to the 2022 revision seminar: Upon completion of the course, you may enroll in Michelle's 2022 Revision Seminar (price TBD). This 8-week seminar will begin in September, 2022 and will be available only to students who have completed the Novel Writing Cohort or Novel in Nine.


To apply, please submit a cover letter and a prose writing sample of 1500 - 3000 words. You can type your cover letter directly. on the Submittable application page. You will then be asked to upload your writing sample. If you are accepted to the 2022 cohort, you will be redirected to this page for payment. There is no application fee.

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course begins January 3, 2022 and ends on June 31. You will have access to all course materials for one full year after enrollment.
What if I change my mind?
Get a full refund within 30 days of purchase. If you are on the monthly plan, you may cancel at any time.
Do I need to have an outline to start this course?
No, all you need is the desire to write a novel. Some participants will begin with a novel in mind, others will begin with a partial draft, some will begin with an outline, and some will begin with an entirely blank slate. I'm here to support you no matter where you begin.
I've already written part of my novel. Can I still take this course?
Absolutely! If you have a novel-in-progress, you can use the lessons and assignments to work through, expand, and streamline existing scenes. The assignments will help you discover new pathways in your novel and strengthen the existing structure. We have participants who have already completed a draft, as well as participants who are starting from scratch and others who have written a few chapters. We'll meet you where you are.

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