How great would it feel to write a novel?
To create a cast of characters, build a world for them to live in, send them on adventures, let them have epiphanies — and you are the puppet master in control of it all!
Do you have a great idea? A story you’ve always wanted to tell? Characters who are begging to be put to paper?
Maybe you’ve always wanted to write a novel (or memoir) but felt unsure of how to begin. Or maybe stopped writing because the task felt too daunting. A whole book? How do people write a whole entire book?
Well, I’ve done it. Numerous times. And so can you. I promise. Let me help you get started.
Stop spinning your wheels and start writing your first draft! Based on my popular in-person workshop at The Writers Center, I have created a virtual do-it-on-your-own-time course in which you will:
- generate ideas for your novel
- write beginning scenes
- flesh out the plot
- get to know the characters and their motivations
- learn about story structure, conflict, world-building, and other craft topics
Each week you will receive a new lesson in your in box. Each lesson will include:
- instruction on writing craft topics
- examples from published books
- writing exercises for you to complete
- optional reading assignments
By the end of this course you will have the beginning chapter(s) of your novel and a good idea of where you’re going next.
(Which is perfect because my next course this summer will be the follow-up to this one: Sticking With Your Work-in-Progress!)
Getting Started on Your Novel is a general course is for writers of all genres: YA, MG, thriller, romance, literary fiction, memoir, etc. And it can help you whether this is your first attempt at writing a novel or something you’ve dabbled with before.
Ready to write a novel?
Getting Started on Your Novel (or Memoir) is available only to paid subscribers of my email newsletter.
It’s $5/month to subscribe, and the course runs from May 21 – June 25, which means you will get the entire course for only $10.
By signing up you will also have access to the entire course of Cultivating a Regular Writing Practice — a great companion course to Getting Started on Your Novel.
Cancel your subscription at any time, or stay with me to receive future courses:
- Sticking with Your WIP (Work-in-Progress)
- Writing a YA or Middle Grade Novel
- Writing and Submitting Short Stories
- Researching Literary Agents & Writing a Great Query Letter
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Want to know more about the course?
The weekly lessons for Getting Started on Your Novel (or Memoir) are as follows. Each will be provided in both written and audio format and will contain multiple writing assignments to help you start generating pages.
- Lesson 1: The Big Idea
- Lesson 2: Characters
- Lesson 3: Setting & World-Building
- Lesson 4: Plot & Story Structure
- Lesson 5: First Page, First Chapter, Next Steps
I will also give optional reading assignments from the following books:
Want to know more about the instructor?
I have written eight complete novels, worked with a literary agent, and been mentored by award-winning novelist and screen writer Lisa O’Donnell. I received my MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of New Orleans, and my short stories have been published in literary magazines and even nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
I know how hard it can be to overcome the fear and excuses that might stand in the way of our writing journey. Writing a novel is HARD and it can feel quite overwhelming at times. But it can also be rewarding and fun. If writing a novel is one of your dreams, I can absolutely help you accomplish it.
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