The Year-long Workshop to Write Your Novel or Memoir

First Draft

A Novel Approach to Fiction or Memoir provides the discipline and positive support for authors to produce the FIRST DRAFT of a manuscript in 3000 word increments (every two weeks) for ten months.

Participants meet BIWEEKLY to share their work and learn the fundamental skills of writing a book-length project: creating story, developing interesting characters, defining narrative arc and emotional transformation, designing scenes, exploring structure options, deciding on points of view, and much more.

And all in the company of like-minded writers!

Eleven years ago we came to the realization that authors talk about writing a novel or memoir, but most never seem to get around to finishing that important first draft. We had been offering one day workshops on many different aspects of writing for several years, so we had many opportunities to witness this phenomenon.

We also constructed a private website for each A NOVEL APPROACH group that contained all of the necessary features for workshop participants to not only upload a book-length project in a Writing Workshop format, but also permit participants to read and comment on each other’s new chapters. Each website had:

1. The storage space necessary to hold a large amount of text data. This also provided a back-up copy of the manuscripts and a place for authors to share their work.

2. Separate author files so that participants could have a password protected area for their work.

3. The capacity for all workshop participants to view each other’s work.

4. The facility to allow participants to make supportive comments on each other’s work.

5. A way to identify who made the comments each time.

6. And a guest book so the participants could chat with each other about the craft of writing and each other’s work.

PLEASE NOTE: Although the objective of the workshop is to write 3000 words approximately every 2 weeks, reviewing and supplying positive critiquing of each other’s work online is a requirement of the workshop. Many friendships have been created in this workshop between writers sharing each other’s inspiration and providing mutual encouragement. Interaction between participants reinforces the key aspects of both writing and storytelling in a symbiotic manner.

Even though the website is ideal as a storage and discussion tool, we emphasize that the face-to-face workshop classes, and in person feedback, are key aspects of the workshop design. And that’s where the biweekly meetings come in. Writers hear each other’s voices, see each other’s faces, and get to know the characters that inhabit each other’s novels or memoirs.

Yes, the objective is to write 3000 words every two weeks or so. The rest of the workshop is a terrific modern support mechanism designed to make WRITING happen. And learning the key aspects of the writing craft provides advanced skills that will enrich your writing and help propel your energy to the finish line.

Share the camaraderie, the frustrations and the elation.

We’ve never been involved with anything as rewarding and creative as A Novel Approach!

If you would like to read what our previous participants say about A Novel Approach, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Celebrating our 10th Year!

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