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Whole Novel Workshop August 7-13 2016 | August 7 – August 13, 2016

Please note: This workshop is full. Send us an email to join our waiting list!

Take your novel to the next level! Our instructors will challenge you to look at your novel critically and to find openings and opportunities for revision. This comprehensive workshop includes one-on-one sessions, lectures, group discussions, and exercises to support and facilitate your creative process. The goal is to help you revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission.

Founded in 2006, the Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of middle grade and young adult novels. This unique program offers the one-on-one attention found in degree programs, without additional academic requirements, lengthy time commitments, or prohibitive financial investments. Our aim is to focus on a specific work in progress, moving a novel to the next level in preparation for submission to agents or publishers. Focused attention in an intimate setting makes this mentorship program one that guarantees significant progress. Our novel mentorship program includes:

  • Focused, one-on-one response to your entire novel-in-progress from an accomplished author and teacher
  • Group discussion and feedback
  • Seminars on technique, craft, query letters, and agent/editor submissions
  • Ample time to write and revise
  • Writing exercises and group reading

The Whole Novel Workshop offers writers the rare opportunity to have the entire draft of a novel read and critiqued prior to the workshop, followed by a week of intense, one-on-one mentoring.

Faculty blog posts:
Listen for Stories
Tranform Introspection into Dialogue
Highlights from the 2015 Workshop
Eulogy Virtues

Faculty & Special Guests

"Very generous lectures! Workshop time was handled very professionally. Sarah critiqued my entire novel and sent a fabulous summary of notes."—Barb Santucci

Nancy Werlin on The Structure of a Novel:

Sarah Aronson on Looking at Endings: