IMF 52207 Novel Chapter Workshop
Instructor: Kali VanBaale
Class Type: Workshop
This online workshop will focus exclusively on the opening chapters—approximately 30 pages—of a novel-in-progress. The first 20-30 pages of a novel are critical: they entice the reader to keep reading, set up the story, and are typically the sample pages agents and editors read to determine if they want to see more.
Each student will submit 12-15 pages in two workshop sessions to receive rigorous feedback from peers and the instructor. Students will also read and respond to 3-4 peer submissions per week. We will discuss several craft elements specific to early novel chapters, such as points of entry, prologues, first lines, establishing a sense of the through-story, early character and setting development, and titles.
There will also be writing and reading assignments between workshop sessions, and recommended reading examples each week.
This workshop can be demanding, but the goal is for each student to finish the course with several polished opening chapters of a novel-in-progress, and a strong plan for the overall story arc.
All genres welcome.
First Assignment Info is available HERE.No Textbook Required
Start Date: Monday, July 10
Class Preview Date: June 26 (do not post in class until start date of 7/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 7/3)
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