A NOVEL APPROACH helps you START & FINISH your NOVEL or MEMOIR and provides ongoing instruction that improves your creative writing skills.
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
Click here to register for First Draft. Please identify your preferred location.
For 2019-2020 A Novel Approach First Draft will be offered in two locations:
TUESDAY MORNINGS, biweekly at Uplands , starting September 10th, facilitated by James. SCHEDULE HERE
a MEMOIR First Draft (ON A DAY & LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON) facilitated by Sue.
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 November each year)
REGISTRATION closes OCTOBER 1st 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.)
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 (morning or evening) throughout the rewrite process.
NOTE: Registration closes on October 1, 2019.
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 between September and December.
Some of our writers have gone on to be published, to win awards and contests, and even to obtain multiple book publishing contracts.
A Novel Approach is also available in an OnLine Mentorship format. Please visit our Online Mentorship Page for more information.