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The Porch: Writing the Novel

“There are three rules of writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” —Somerset Maugham

To write a novel requires discipline, commitment to one’s idea, and a willingness to get lost in a forest of words and scenes and story. Novelists are the distance runners of the fiction-writing clan, and the process is all too often long and lonesome. This workshop is designed to offer developing novelists companionship and support, perhaps a flashlight to illuminate the way, and food for thought as sustenance. The twelve-week course will be comprised of weekly craft conversations on topics such as characterization, structure, pacing and movement, plot, point of view, theme, and revision, as well as individualized workshops on participants’ works-in-progress. Whether you are in the beginning stages or have a completed draft, the workshops will be crafted so as to meet each writer where he or she is. Participants will be expected not only to submit works but also to read other student submissions and occasional articles on craft. Feel free to contact if you have further questions.

  • Instructor: Katie McDougall
  • Length of workshop: 12 weeks
  • Dates:  Mondays, January 16 - April 3rd
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $395 non-members; $355 members