ClassNovel Writing for Beginners
You’ve always felt that you had it in you, an epic story that builds worlds, draws fascinating characters and could not possibly be told in less than several hundred pages. But writing a novel is an epic and arduous story in itself, with perils and pitfalls enough to fill its own novel. While there's no formula for writing a great novel, there is plenty of great advice and a wealth of tried-and-true strategies that can help you unlock the tale that’s been nagging at you to tell it. Whether you've got little besides a killer idea, or you've written a full first draft, this class is for you. Over the course of this 8-week class, we’ll consider the novel-writing process from conception to completion, with exercises and instructive reading along the way. You’ll also receive feedback on your work to get you moving forward on one of the most exciting and rewarding projects you’ll ever take on in your life. The following books will be used over the course of the class, and obtaining them from a library or buying them would be helpful, but it is not required: This Year You Write Your Novel, Walter Mosley; Wonderbook, by Jeff Vandermeer; Mastering Suspense Structure and Plot, by Jane Cleland.
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.