Why Getting to Know Your Novel is the Perfect Companion to NaNoWriMo

In 2018, 400,000 people are expected to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an initiative encouraging writers everywhere to commit to penning a 50,000-word novel throughout the month of November each year. Will you be one of them?

Most writers will tell you that dedication to a regular writing practice is the not-so-secret sauce of success. All kinds of goals—whether it’s getting published or finding your unique writing voice—often start with a series of smaller goals that helped chart a course toward the culmination of a career-changing event for many writers.

If the work you’ve done during NaNoWriMo excites you, and you’re looking for a way to continue the momentum, support and commitment you’ve already experienced, Getting to Know Your Novel is an excellent opportunity to do so.

The workshop begins with you submitting 50-pages of your novel, plus a chapter-by-chapter synopsis, for an in-person critique with one of our faculty.

Much of what might already be familiar to you—working remotely with support from your peers—will be how you begin the first half of the workshop, with weekly web sessions featuring writing exercises, online discussions and read and write lectures to keep you on track and engaged with your work.

In the next part of the workshop, you’ll be revising on your own, with support from faculty whenever and wherever you need it.

For the third part of the workshop you’ll be on campus to workshop the last round of revisions to your novel, meet and connect with your peers, and find support from our team of mentors.

If you’re proud of the progress you’ve made with NaNoWriMo, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to continue your dedication to your writing practice into 2019, and that we can play a supporting role in that progress, too!

Posted on: November 15, 2018

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