Crafting a Novel

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Examine a practical, step-by-step approach to developing and building a novel. Topics include: developing characterization; establishing goal, motivation and conflict; understanding and using viewpoint; moving the story forward with dialogue; structuring scenes; sustaining tension; understanding the concept of "show, don't tell" and weaving plot strands. In-class seminars also include: manuscript preparation, synopsis and query letter writing; researching the markets; copyrights, contracts and agents. Ample time will be allowed each week for you to read your work in class and receive feedback. Individual assistance will also be available.

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