Novel Writing Project Testimonials

The Novel Writing Project is a year-long endeavor led by one of our stellar teaching artists, Peter Geye. For the duration of the project, participants meet in a cohort with Peter and work on completing and editing their manuscripts, with the goal of having a submission-ready piece by the end of the project. 

Think this could be the program for you? Check out what past participants have to say:


I signed up for the whole plan—the deadlines, Peter, the workshops, the group. I knew it was going to be a lot of work and the main thing I focused on this year. It's definitely met that expectation, and I'm glad I decided to do it. Peter is great, and I'm learning a lot from him. I particularly appreciate his ground rules for the workshops and the level of care he's brought to all the critiques. 

Above all, though, I appreciate Peter's honesty. He doesn't waffle on what he thinks about the writing, the amount of work required to finish a novel by December, or the problems in the publishing industry. He's handled challenges without losing sight of what we're all in this for. He's a helpful resource in class, he responds to emails, and the individual meetings are extremely valuable.

—Marti L.


Magnifico! I have so enjoyed this experience! I also enjoyed having some cross-program exposure to the Memoir Writing Project teaching artist Nicole Helget. She is very helpful.

I heard great things about Peter Geye before taking the class, but I am a skeptic. Have to say, Peter is out-of-this-world—in a good way. A published novelist does not necessarily a good teacher make, but he is an excellent teacher. His level of commitment to pushing us to be our best writer selves was truly outstanding. Cannot say enough good things about Peter.

—Elissa M.