Whole Novel Workshop: A Virtual Course for Middle Grade and Young Adult Writers

Online | Novels
Apply for a transformative opportunity to have your entire draft (up to 80,000 words) of a novel read by faculty, with detailed written feedback and a private consultation provided. This online program is for any writer of a middle grade or young adult novel.

Overview

Apply for this transformative opportunity to have your entire draft (up to 80,000 words) of a novel read by faculty, with detailed written feedback and a private consultation provided. This online program is for any writer of a middle grade or young adult novel.

Details include:

  • 10-week online course + Whole Novel review and consultation
  • Apply by March 15, 2024
  • Limited to 16 storytellers
  • Storytellers will be selected and notified on a rolling basis, on or before March 31, 2024
  • There is no application fee; if accepted, the Whole Novel Online program is $2,199 with payment available in full or on monthly payment plan
  • Apply on or before March 15 (with final notifications on or before March 31)
  • Lectures: Thursdays, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16 at 7:30pm – 8:30pm EST; Peer to Peer Workshopping: Thursdays, May 23, 30, and June 6 at 7:30pm – 8:30pm EST; Writing Exercises & Presentations: Thursdays, June 13, 20, & 27 at 7:30pm – 8:30pm EST
    • All lectures are recorded for those who cannot attend live.
  • Complete manuscript submissions due by May 16
  • Feedback letters delivered to writers by June 20
  • 60-minute, 1:1 Private Zoom Consultation: Scheduled at a mutually convenient time, June 20 – 26
  • The cost of the full course (including lectures, feedback letter, 1:1 consultation, workshopping, and writing exercises) is $2,199.
  • 16 participants max

Why Do I Need to Apply to this Program?

The Whole Novel Workshop is reserved for novelists who have made significant independent progress on their drafts and need a review of the “whole novel” to move forward in their revision goals.

As such, you will need to have a completed draft of your novel that matches the criteria for the course by the submission due date (May 16).

We ask that you apply to the course to make sure that the Whole Novel format is the best fit for your goals. Please submit:

  • The first 5 – 10 pages from the manuscript you wish to workshop
  • A one-page synopsis or general outline
  • Tentative page count, workshop goals, and a short bio (including how you are connected to this project)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting immediately through March 15. There is no fee to apply.

You will be notified of your acceptance status no later than March 31, 2024, and if accepted, asked to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit and set up a payment plan or pay your registration in full. (You may also use a scholarship that you have been previously awarded to attend a Whole Novel program.) Once manuscripts have been submitted in full there is a cancellation fee of $1,100. You will receive your feedback letter and consultation with this cancellation.

The cost of the full course (including lectures, feedback letter, 1:1 consultation, workshopping, and writing exercises) is $2,199.

Why This Workshop?

Online, 10-Week Whole Novel Program

The Whole Novel Workshop offers writers the rare opportunity to have the entire draft of a novel (up to 80,000 words) read with written feedback and a private consultation, along with rich presentations specifically designed for novelists at this stage in their writing journey.

This virtual course features:

  • Rich presentations (The Importance of Setting; Deepen Your Characters; Bringing Yourself to the Page; Revision; The Power of Language; and more!)
  • Writing exercises and small group workshopping
  • A feedback letter offering written insights and questions about your drafted novel (up to 80,000 words) to help you prioritize goals and next steps.
  • A 60-minute private consultation with your reader to discuss feedback, revisions, and next steps.
  • Connection opportunities with fellow writers.

All presentations are recorded for those who cannot attend live.

Please note:

  • If accepted to the program, your full novel draft is due on or before May 16.

Feedback Expected

  • You will be thoughtfully paired with a faculty reader who will offer written insights and questions about your drafted novel (up to 80,000 words), and help you prioritize goals. You will receive this written feedback along with a private consultations to discuss feedback and goals by June 20.
  • You will spend time with peers in small groups discussing and workshopping select writing assignments from the virtual classroom. You will be expected to read and engage with these short submissions. (Word count will be limited with ample time to read and prepare.)
  • You will have a 60-minute private consultation with your reader to discuss feedback, revisions, and next steps.
  • Informal feedback will occur throughout the presentations.

It’s a Great Fit If…

  • You have a complete or near-complete draft of a novel. You’ll get the most out of this workshop if you’re at this stage.  Your full workshop novel submission is due by May 16, and then you’ll workshop it in earnest, readying it for submission.
  • Your project is one of many fiction genres, a graphic novel, a verse novel, or a multi-genre novel. If you aren’t sure if your novel fits the program specifics, please reach out and ask.
  • You would benefit from receiving multiple feedback perspectives. In addition to a whole novel review by your faculty reader, you will lead a discussion for feedback from fellow writers.
  • You’re willing to work! This program is best for those who will dedicate time and attention to processing feedback, revising, writing exercises, and group sessions.
  • You enjoy online learning. This workshop takes place on Zoom with regular meetings on Thursday evenings April 25 – June 27 at 7:30pm Eastern. Can’t attend live? Presentations will be recorded. (Please note that 1:1 consultations and small group workshopping will not be recorded.)

How It Impacts Kids

Your novel can make a big impact on a child’s life. This workshop helps you take steps toward bringing it to market in a way that is authentic to your voice and your story, because that is just what your reader needs.

Testimonials from Our Community

“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 Zoom sessions were such a highlight of each week! Loved all the instructors and the other students. I feel like I made some friends and took a big step forward with my novel draft.”

“The faculty were awesome. I’ve been through an MFA program in creative writing, so I know top-notch writing instructors when I see them. Learned some very valuable things about my writing at Highlights.”

See other testimonials and learn more about the Whole Novel Workshop experience.

DETAILS

April 25 - June 27

$2199

Online

Access

When you register for this course, you’ll receive information via email to confirm.

For mini courses (one or two nights only), you’ll receive webinar links immediately to use on the evening of the course.

For longer courses, you’ll receive an invitation to your virtual classroom as the workshop approaches.

Learn more about the technology that we use for our online workshops.

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