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Novel Year Program

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Novel Year at The Writer's Center

Working with a published novelist, ten participants will experience the rigor and structure of an M.F.A. program as they workshop an entire novel-in-progress.


Other benefits include:
*Consistent writing deadlines, studying aspects of craft, and being part of a supportive community

*Panels and Q&As with experts in the industry, including a literary  agent and visiting writers

*Free access to the Studio at The Writer’s Center during the full year (valued at $1,000)

*Free admission to literary events at the Center

*Participating in a public reading at The Writer’s Center

This intensive workshop is geared toward writers with either a draft of a novel ready for revision, or a novel substantially under way (approximately 75 pages already written). Each participant will have the opportunity to present 300 pages for critique. These can be continuous pages or revisions.

Class will meet every other Wednesday from Sept. 12 – December 19, 2018, and again from January 9 – June 26, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., for a total of 21 sessions, including a holiday dinner at the instructor’s home. In the spring, a public reading of work will take place at The Writer’s Center.


Although the class is primarily a workshop format, there will be discussions of craft and occasional exercises geared toward helping participants think more deeply about their own projects. These will include discussions of character, dialogue, point of view, plot, setting, and a variety of other subjects of concern to novel writing. 
In the spring, the focus will turn to publishing, including writing a successful query letter and synopsis. 
Occasional guest speakers will include published writers, a literary agent, and others involved in the publishing industry.


To apply, please submit a cover letter and the first 20 pages of the project to laura.spencer@writer.org. 

INSTRUCTOR BIO:  Susan Coll is the author of five novels, most recently The Stager---a New York Times and Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice. Her other books include Acceptance---which was made into a television movie starring Joan Cusack---Beach Week, Rockville Pike, and karlmarx.com. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR.org, atlantic.com, and The Millions. She worked as the Events and Programs Director at Politics & Prose bookstore for five years. 

Location: The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh St
Bethesda, Md 20815
Fees: $5,000 (non-members) $4,500 (members)
Contact: laura.spencer@writer.org
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