The Year-long Workshop to Write Your Novel or Memoir

Why Use a Website?

Why use a website for “A Novel Approach FIRST DRAFT”?:

  • Creates an opportunity for you and your classmates to enjoy each other’s manuscripts grow over the course of the year.
  • Provides a simple way of sharing manuscripts. Every two weeks you post your 3000 words on the secure website.
  • Provides security and privacy. You will have a private password that will allow you and the facilitator to read and make comments about your own postings and the other participant’s works in progress.
  • Only the facilitator and members of the group are able to access it and make comments.
  • Provides a central place to reference the syllabus and key aspects of the discussions from each class.
  • (All workshop assignments and lesson plans are listed on the website for those who missed a class or would like to revisit lesson plans or assignments.)

  • Provides a location for a back-up copy of your work in progress. The entire website is backed up regularly.
  • (PLEASE NOTE: Students should always save two copies of their manuscript – one on their own computer and a backup in the cloud or on an external drive kept in a safe place.)

  • Includes a discussion page (THE WATERCOOLER) where participants have the option of conversing with each other about writing-related topics.

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!

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