ClassWrite a Novella or Short Novel
Novellas or short novels are great for busy readers. For writers, they're the best of both worlds: They offer the ability to play with a bigger scope and more plot threads than the typical short story, but they are tighter and more achievable than the typical novel. In this course taught by a writer of critically acclaimed novellas, participants will learn how to plot and plan a work of between 15,000 and 40,000 words. They will have an opportunity to workshop their manuscript with their peers and get feedback on up to 2,000 words per week from the instructor. By the end of the course, participants should have an outline or thematic plan, and up to 15,000 words of workshopped fiction. Participants who already have a novella in progress may find the course useful for finishing it, but it is not necessary to have any work begun before the course begins. Each week will include a short lecture in text and video, a forum for discussion and peer workshopping, and optional reading suggestions from novella writers such as P. Djèlí Clark, Aliette de Bodard, Ted Chiang and George Saunders.