Programs

Creating an Image System That Works for Your Verse Novel Online Course + Optional Onsite Retreat 2020

October 28 - November 25, 2020

Online Course: October 28-November 25, 2020
Optional Onsite Retreat: December 3-6, 2020. Register here.

Join Us To:

Learn how to use image systems to improve your novel in verse. An image system is a series of images (can be a symbol or a metaphor or a simile) strung together in a narrative that, as they build, reveal character change and development. This course will help you design an image system that consistently brings out the core idea of your novel.

The course is divided into 5 sessions:

  • Session 1: Course Overview and Introductions
  • Session 2: Image Systems in Verse Novels: An Analysis
  • Session 3: How to Find an Image System That Works for Your Character
  • Session 4: Using Poetic Devices to Emphasize your Image System
  • Session 5: Where Do We Go From Here?

In addition, there is an optional Unworkshop weekend, December 3-6, where you can visit our Retreat Center and have unstructured free writing time in addition to an in-person consultation with your instructor. Register for this additional retreat here.

Please note: our online courses use the Thinkific platform, so when you click to register, you’ll land on the Thinkific site and you’ll register there.

What You’ll Learn:

In this workshop, you will learn about image systems and design an image system that consistently brings out the core idea of your novel in verse. You will:

  • Watch videos, explore resources and complete structured assignments.
  • Review sample image systems and design one to use in your novel in verse.
  • Attend an optional, in-person retreat for free writing time and an in-person consultation with your instructor.

Attend If:

  • You have an in-progress or completed draft of a middle grade or young adult novel in verse. In this course, you’ll create an image system that supports the core idea of your novel in verse.
  • You need a workshop that fits into your schedule. This is an online course and you are free to work at your own pace.

Agenda

The course is divided into 5 sessions:

  • Session 1: Course Overview and Introductions
  • Session 2: Image Systems in Verse Novels: An Analysis
  • Session 3: How to Find an Image System That Works for Your Character
  • Session 4: Using Poetic Devices to Emphasize your Image System
  • Session 5: Where Do We Go From Here?

In addition, there is an optional Unworkshop weekend, December 3-6, where you can visit our Retreat Center and have unstructured free writing time in addition to an in-person consultation with your instructor. Register here.

Faculty & Special Guests

Cordelia Jensen

Cordelia Jensen graduated with a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in…
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Event Cost: $299.00

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