ClassFrom Novice to Novelist
This class is designed to deconstruct and demystify the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. We'll discuss how to tap into your subconscious and life experiences to transform them into a book-length project, populated with engaging characters, a twisty-turny plot, snappy dialogue, and an interesting setting. You’ll learn ways to follow your curiosity about people of other genders, races, ages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds so that your writing is knowledgeable and empathetic; tips and strategies for making the scene you see in your head come alive on the page so that your reader is compelled to turn the pages rather than turn out the light; and how to stay organized when your creativity gets chaotic. Writing exercises will give class members a hands-on feel for how to add texture, dynamism, and drama to a story. Sessions will also provide practical guidance about the rewriting process with the added benefit of giving and receiving constructive feedback. We'll also look at strategies for finding an agent, marketing the finished product, and facing your writing and marketing fears. You’ll come away prepared to begin work on a novel, equipped with the skills to perfect it.
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 email@example.com or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.