ClassThe Beginner’s Guide to Starting Your Novel
Do you have a novel idea but aren't quite sure what to do next? In this high-practicality, no-pressure class, learn how to use essential fiction elements such as character, setting, plot, and structure to discover your story, establish a starting point, and help get the right words on the page. Most class sessions will be comprised of instruction on craft, class discussion, and in-class writing exercises.
This is primarily a process class—the in-class writing exercises are exploratory in nature, for the student's eyes only—so there will be no workshopping of student writing. Students will have ample opportunity to share personal learning, but such sharing is not required, and you don't need to have any prior experience! Learn with other beginners in a supportive, no-pressure environment. All you need to bring is a notebook, a pen, and your imagination. At the end of the six-week class, students will have gained fresh insights into their story and a stronger sense of direction with which to start their novel-writing journey. There is no class July 4.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.