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Workshop Spotlight: Whole Novel Workshop and Writing the Unreal

Have you heard of our Whole Novel Workshops?
Founded in 2006, these workshops are specifically designed for writers of middle grade and young adult novels. 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. The Whole Novel Workshops offer 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-to-one mentoring.

We are offering 4 Whole Novel Workshops in 2019!

The Whole Novel Workshop
May 5-11, 2019

Application deadline: February 1, 2019

Faculty: An Na, Nancy Werlin, A.M. Jenkins
Special Guests: Lilliam Rivera, editor Kat Brzozowski, Melissa Wyatt, Nicole Valentine, Rob Costello


Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction
May 12-19, 2019

Application deadline: February 1, 2019

Faculty: Anne Ursu and Laura Ruby
Special Guests: Christine Heppermann, agent Tina Dubois


The Whole Novel Workshop
August 11-17, 2019

Application deadline: May 1, 2019

Faculty: Sarah Aronson, Jennifer Jacobson, Ashley Hope Pérez, Anna-Marie McLemore
Special Guests: editor Tiff Liao, Alisa Alering Nicole Valentine, Rob Costello


Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction
October 20-27, 2019

Application deadline: May 1, 2019

Faculty: Anne Ursu and Laura Ruby
Special Guests: Christine Heppermann, agent Tina Dubois


What to expect at The Whole Novel Workshops

  • 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.
  • Opportunities to make connections with fellow writers.

A preview of what the faculty has to offer:
Check out these blog posts and videos:
Sarah Aronson: Listen for Stories
Nancy Werlin: Transform Introspection Into Dialogue
Miriam Busch: Celebrating Laura Ruby
Sarah Aronson: Eulogy Virtues

Nancy Werlin on The Structure of a Novel:

Sarah Aronson on Looking at Endings:

Laura Ruby on Writing the Unreal:

What do past students have to say about the Whole Novel Workshop?
“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.”

“The faculty were warm, inspiring, wise, encouraging, helpful, and funny. And their sessions were as inspiring and as helpful as the presenters. I couldn’t have asked for more!”

“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.”

“Anne & Laura are honest, encouraging, illuminating and excellent teachers. They saw things I hadn’t and gave me tools to use with this work, but also with other work I’ll do in the future. It’s hard to express how grateful I am to both of them for the week we’ve spent together. I’ll always treasure what I’ve learned here & how I’ve grown as a writer.”

“Very generous lectures! Workshop time was handled very professionally. Sarah critiqued my entire novel and sent a fabulous summary of notes.”

“The workshop–the whole experience–exceeded my expectations. I loved it!”
believe in your book stones

 

Posted on: January 17, 2019

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