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Novels in Verse — More than a Novel, More than Poetry 2016 | May 21 – May 25, 2016

The verse novel packs a punch with judicious word choices, open spaces, vivid encapsulations of scenes and emotions, all delivered in a narrative that flows rhythmically.  Bring your verse novel or ideas for one and practice the art of saying what you want with verse — and sometimes choosing what not to say so your readers can breathe in the open spaces and find the answers themselves.  Of growing interest to readers, recent award winners have been novels in verse — Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover, and Caroline Pignat’s The Gospel Truth.  Join Alma Fullerton (Burn, Libertad, Walking on Glass, In the Garage), award-winning verse novelist, who spins her stories with ease, and Kathryn Erskine (Hidden Power, FSG 2018), who will share her journey to understand this powerful art form.

The Novel in Verse Workshop offers writers the rare opportunity to have the entire draft of a novel read and critiqued. At the workshop, you’ll get a letter with overall comments as well as a marked-up manuscript. (Depending how far in advance you submit your novel, you may receive the letter and manuscript beforehand.) We’ll discuss the letter and manuscript in person at the workshop where we can get your feedback and we can explain our suggestions to help you make your novel what it wants to be.

Our all-inclusive price means we provide:Transportation from the airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless Internet access.

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