Novel-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group


  • The Writers' Workshoppe 820 Water St Port Townsend, WA, 98368 United States

Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m. beginning September 15, ending November 17, 2015 

Maximum: 5 participants Duration: 10 sessions Cost: $150

To register, call The Writers' Workshoppe, 1-360-379-2617

Open to writers of any skill level and experience, with novels in progress—no matter what stage or genre. You may need the motivation of a weekly deadline; perhaps you’ve stalled and are seeking inspiration and feedback to recharge your writing; you may just desire the camaraderie other writers making their way through the long-form slog. This weekly workshop will provide a safe, non-critical environment to free the trapped novel or polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication.

Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current novel-in-progress to read aloud. Participants will reread your work silently, and then offer constructive feedback. The emphasis of our feedback will be on what shines in your work, helping you determine the novel’s core themes, the characters’ goals, and the story’s narrative arc. We will work on our writing intention, not destination. Our focus will be engagement, not judgment, on helping to determine the possibilities and power in each work.

The goals of this ten-week session are to improve and sharpen your story and writing, to provide inspiration and motivation to finish a work-in-progress, and to learn to give and receive constructive writing feedback.

For the first session, Tuesday, September 15, please bring 5 copies of a 1-2 page synopsis of your Novel-In-Progress, even if your novel is not complete and you aren't sure quite where it's going. This will give you an opportunity to articulate your vision and for us to become more familiar with your story.