The Extreme Novelist Critique Salon

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Graduates of The Extreme Novelist I and Extreme Novelist II (Revision) courses are invited to apply for a place in this advanced writers’ workshop. Other proficient writers of book-length fiction and short story collections may also apply, if there is room. (Only 10 seats are available.) The goal is to gather valuable feedback from other dedicated authors and benefit from the group’s ongoing literary support.
The salon will meet on alternate Monday evenings between May 13 and August 26 (May 13, May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26).

To gain entry, each applicant must first submit a writing sample to the instructor and be given approval before registering. All members will be prepared to respond to chapters submitted for peer review by others in the group and to submit their own work bi-weekly for comments. Please submit a 1- to 2-page plot synopsis of your story and a 10- to 20-page writing sample from the work-in-progress to Authors who are accepted will then need to register to secure their place in the salon.

About Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson's 40+ popular novels (nominated for the Agatha Award, winner of the Heart of Excellence and Bookseller's Best Awards), include historical fiction (e.g., The Gentleman Poet, wherein Shakespeare escapes to the New World aboard a ship bound for disaster) and contemporary suspense. The Extreme Novelist (nonfiction) is the text based on her courses at The Smithsonian Associates and The Writer's Center. More about her at:

Teaching style: Kathryn Johnson’s classes are lecture-based, information rich. Her courses are not of the workshopping variety (in which, participants critique one another) but, rather, offer practical advice on writing and publishing in the 21st century, based upon her ongoing experiences in the publishing world. Handouts on talking points provide an outline for each class. Kathryn enjoys answering students’ individual questions and concerns, and offering career guidance whenever possible. Her mentoring service is available to supplement course work.


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