The Year-long Workshop to Write Your Novel or Memoir

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A NOVEL APPROACH helps you START & FINISH your NOVEL or MEMOIR and provides ongoing instruction that improves your creative writing skills.
 

FIRST DRAFT

A Novel Approach supplies the discipline and positive support to produce the FIRST DRAFT of a manuscript in 3000 word increments, every two weeks, for ten months. (We do not expect you to write in July and August!)

You post your writing on a secure website where only your facilitator and classmates can read and make positive comments.

You also MEET every two weeks with your classmates in a GROUP to share your new writing and develop the fundamental skills of writing a book-length project:

  • creating story,
  • developing interesting characters,
  • defining narrative arcs and emotional transformations,
  • designing scenes,
  • exploring story structure options,
  • deciding on points of view,
  • and much more…

It emphasizes the completion of the first draft of a novel or memoir and rewards you with enhanced writing and critiquing skills as the writing year progresses.
 
And all in the company of like-minded writers.
 
Maximum class size: 8
 

Here are the 2019 and 2020 A Novel Approach First Draft offerings:
 
FICTION:

TUESDAY MORNINGS, biweekly at Uplands, starting September 10th, 2019 facilitated by James. SCHEDULE HERE
 

ONLINE – FICTION and/or MEMOIR facilitated by Sue,

MEMOIR:
THURSDAY EVENINGS biweekly IN PERSON GROUP WORKSHOP in Newmarket (near the intersection of Davis and the 404), starting January 9th, 2020 facilitated by Sue.
 

Click here to register for First Draft MEMOIR or FICTION.
 

 

SECOND DRAFT

A NOVEL APPROACH to FICTION or MEMOIR (Second Draft) is designed to help you prepare your manuscript (and yourself) for the rigours of the publication (or Self-Publication) process. This workshop is also ideal for authors who have already tried rewrites and are unhappy with the results, or who have received feedback from an agent or editor who has suggested new approaches.
 
A NOVEL APPROACH SECOND DRAFT ENJOYS A THREE PART PROCESS:
(Time Span: 6 to 9 months)
 
PART 1: Obtain a SUBSTANTIVE EDIT of your Manuscript to find out what is working well and what could be even better.
(July to December each year)
 
REGISTRATION closes on DECEMBER 15th or when all 6 spots have been claimed.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR PART ONE: Substantive Edit:
 
 
PART 2: PLAN your REWRITE and FINISH it within 6 months on a biweekly schedule with your Substantive Editor.
 
(First In-Class Revision Day is January 9, 2020 at Uplands)
 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR PART TWO: Finish Your Rewrite:
 
 
PART 3: Learn how to NAVIGATE the PUBLISHING MARKETPLACE with CONFIDENCE in an intensive 9 week workshop.
 
(Thursday evenings starting in September, 2020.) REGISTRATION OPENS in the SPRING, 2020.
 
Rewrites are handled via email with your facilitator and by regular telephone, Skype or in-person meetings. Silent writing days are offered every second Thursday evening throughout the rewrite process.
 
NOTE: Registration closes on DECEMBER 15th.
 
Once registered, participants should email a Word copy of their manuscript as soon as possible. Substantive manuscript review meetings will be scheduled when the substantive edit is ready for discussion before the January rewrite discussion begins.

 

Some of our writers have gone on to be published, to win awards and contests, and even to obtain multiple book publishing contracts.

 

CLICK HERE for help deciding which workshop is best suited to your project.

 

A Novel Approach is also available in an OnLine Mentorship format. Please visit our Online Mentorship Page for more information.
 

Celebrating our 10th Year!

First Draft

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Second Draft

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