The Year-long Workshop to Write Your Novel or Memoir

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A NOVEL APPROACH FIRST DRAFT provides the discipline, encouragement, craft development and collegial support to ensure you complete at least 60,000 words of your novel or memoir over a 40 WEEK period from September 2021 to June 2022.

FIRST DRAFT

A Novel Approach supplies the discipline and positive support to help you produce the FIRST DRAFT of a FICTION or MEMOIR manuscript in 3,000 word increments every two weeks. (A total of 20 workshops)

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

You also MEET every two weeks with your classmates in an online (ZOOM) workshop to write, share new writing and develop the fundamental skills needed to finish 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…

Your writing and critiquing skills will improve as the writing year progresses.
 
And all in the company of like-minded writers.
 
Maximum workshop size: 8 plus the instructor
 

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10 MONTHS/10 SUBMISSIONS:


A 40 WEEK Online Writing Workshop for Exploration, Productivity, Accountability, and Publication
(facilitated by Sue Reynolds)
Every other Thursday 6:30-9:00 pm
(First class September 23rd, 2021; final class June 30th, 2022)
 
Maximum workshop size: 8 plus the instructor
 

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COVID-19 UPDATE:
TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR WRITERS, A NOVEL APPROACH IS ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE UNTIL GROUP SAFETY STANDARDS PERMIT THE RESUMPTION OF IN-PERSON CLASSES.

 

A NOVEL APPROACH to FICTION or MEMOIR SECOND DRAFT is designed to help you prepare your manuscript (and yourself) for the challenges of the publication process.

SECOND DRAFT


SECOND DRAFT IS DIVIDED INTO 3 STEPS:
(Step 1 and 2 usually involve 4 to 6 months of planning and writing)
 
STEP 1:
We read your manuscript carefully and prepare A SUBSTANTIVE EDIT describing what is working well and what could be even better.
 
STEP 2:
PLAN YOUR REWRITE and FINISH it.
 
Much like A Novel Approach, you and your Substantive Editor will meet on an online biweekly schedule until you have completed your rewrite.
 
STEP 3:
Learn how to NAVIGATE the PUBLISHING MARKETPLACE with CONFIDENCE in an intensive 9 week workshop led by James Dewar in September/October each year.
 

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Some of our writers have been published, won awards and obtained multiple book publishing contracts.

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


Sue Reynolds and James Dewar are both certified in and affiliates of the AWA (Amherst Writers & Artists) Method of leading workshops.

Celebrating our 14th Year!

First Draft

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