ClassOutlining and Novel Generation
In this class, meant to generate new work and guide students in starting and finishing a draft of a novel across the 4 weeks of National Novel Writing Month, you will develop a working outline that will be a blueprint for your writing. We will examine plot structures and character motivations to ensure your story has a sturdy foundation before building the novel.
Once you have an outline, you will be encouraged to submit your progress in our weekly live meetings for peer and teaching artist encouragement and feedback. The chief aim is to help with accountability and get in the practice of continuous writing. We'll primarily focus on instruction on craft, in-class discussions and writing exercises, with some time allotted for workshopping student work. Throughout our month together, we will dive into internal and external character conflicts; create plot twists and tension, and construct effective scenes. Sample texts will include work by authors such as Lauren Groff, Yangsze Choo, Kevin Wilson, Karen Russell, Andrew Sean Greer, Philip Pullman, and Tayari Jones. Please note November 28 is Thanksgiving weekend, and class DOES meet.
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.