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Whole Novel Workshop 2017 | August 13 – August 19, 2017

Revise and polish your novel in preparation for submission.

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.

Please note: application deadline is May 12, 2017. Decisions will be made after the application deadline. You will be expected to turn in your full manuscript soon thereafter.

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

Faculty & Special Guests

"Everyone on the faculty was genuinely interested in helping each student to succeed. They were great about having small or one on one conversations as well."—2016 attendee

"They were warm, inspiring, wise, encouraging, helpful, and funny. And their workshops were as inspiring and as helpful as the presenters. I couldn't have asked for more!"—2016 attendee

"The faculty were awesome. I've been through an MFA program in creative writing so I know topnotch writing instructors when I see them. Learned some very valuable things about my writing at Highlights"—2016 attendee