Building a Novel: Scene, Summary, and Sentence 2013

< Return to Workshops October 31 – November 3, 2013
Helen Hemphill

Helen Hemphill

Helen Hemphill’s debut novel Long Gone Daddy won the Teddy Award and was named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age, 2007. Booklist named her second novel Runaround a 2007 Top Ten Youth Romance, and The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones, her most recent novel, was the recipient of the 2008 Virginia M.

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Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. She was nine years old when she saw her words published for the first time: a haiku in Trailblazer magazine.
In the green forest
A sparkling, bright blue pond hides.
And animals drink.

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Alvina Ling

Alvina Ling

Alvina Ling is Executive Editor for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She edits children’s books for all ages, from picture books to young-adult novels, with some nonfiction mixed in.

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Workshop Description

The basic building block of the novel is the dramatic scene. This workshop will offer strategies for improving your manuscript by exploring what makes a scene in a novel, how scene and summary serve the overall narrative arc, and how scenes build toward a dramatic climax. Additionally, the workshop will offer you a chance to revise the overall arc of your story, using the pacing of scene and summary, as well as consider revision and rewriting on the sentence (and word) level of the text. You will leave with a better understanding of how to build a novel and how to revise through the layers of word, sentence, summary, and scene.

Participants will ideally have a completed manuscript to work on (bring the full manuscript in electronic form—i.e., on your laptops), and will bring hard copies of the first and last ten pages.

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis; seats fill fast, register now!

Workshop Information

Begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press; ends on Sunday, November 3, after lunch.

Event Cost: $1275