Thursday, May 4, 2017

SU17 IMF 52207 Novel Chapter Workshop - Kali VanBaale

Online Class
IMF 52207 Novel Chapter Workshop

Instructor:  Kali VanBaale
Email:  KVanBaale@lindenwood.edu

Class Type:  Workshop

Course Description:
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 DateMonday, 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)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at bmead@lindenwood.edu and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

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