The Year-long Workshop to Write Your Novel or Memoir

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A NOVEL APPROACH will help you START & FINISH your NOVEL or MEMOIR and Provide detailed instructions on the Essential Creative Writing Skills.

(FIRST & SECOND DRAFT options are available.)
 

REGISTRATION for A NOVEL APPROACH Second Draft closes SEPT. 9th. (Only 2 spots remaining)

 
A NOVEL APPROACH First Draft 2018/19: Newmarket – alternate Thursdays

 
First Draft begins September 13th. Second Draft Part 2(Rewrite Sessions) begins in Oct. 4th. If you would like to register before those dates, or have any questions, please contact us through our CONTACT FORM.

FIRST DRAFT

FIRST DRAFT is available in two formats:

InClass

For 2018-2019 A Novel Approach First Draft is definitely being offered in NEWMARKET – Alternate Thursday nights starting September 13th. For exact dates, click here.

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 these 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 in Newmarket or to express interest in an alternate location.
 

OnLine

(OnLine Mentorship)

A Novel Approach is also available as an OnLine Mentorship format that accentuates the completion of a First Draft. This year-long workshop provides structure, accountability and instruction so you finish the first draft of your book via email correspondence and bi-weekly Skype and telephone discussions. This option does not include formal lesson plans; aspects of the creative writing craft are addressed as per the individual writer’s needs throughout the year during manuscript feedback and Skype sessions.

Our OnLine Mentorship start dates are tailored to the individual.

 

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 or rewrites.)

InClass

A NOVEL APPROACH SECOND DRAFT’S 3 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, August and September each year)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR PART ONE: Substantive Edit:
REGISTRATION closes SEPTEMBER 9th. (Only 2 spots remaining)

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 October 4th 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 in April & May each year)

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 starting October 4th.

NOTE: Registration closes on AUGUST 31st.

Once registered, participants should email a Word copy of their manuscript within 3 weeks. (LATEST DATE: SEPTEMBER 15th)

Substantive manuscript review meetings will be held in August, September and October.

OnLine

A Novel Approach SECOND DRAFT is also available as an OnLine Mentorship. This 6 to 9 month workshop provides structure, accountability and instruction so you finish the second draft of your book via email correspondence and bi-weekly Skype and telephone discussions. Please visit ONLINE WRITING MENTORSHIPS for details.

Our A NOVEL APPROACH SECOND DRAFT OnLine Mentorship has several starting dates throughout the year.

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.

Celebrating our 10th Year!

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Second Draft

 
 
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