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


Intermediate/Advanced: 8 sessions $200

Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m. October 6- December 1 (no class November 24)

Maximum 5 students

Open to writers who have been writing for years, who may have attended a few workshops, and perhaps have had success in the publication world. Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current novel-in-progress—no matter what stage or genre—to read aloud.

If you are new to the group, please bring a one-page single-space synopsis of your novel to the first session, I will be in touch with you prior to the start of class to provide guidance on constructing the synopsis. If you are continuing from a previous workshop of mine, you may bring in your 1000-word segment of work.

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 to polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication.

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 eight-week sessions 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.