How To Write a Publishable Novel (6 Wednesdays) IN-PERSON

$66 usd
+ available add-ons
Wed Sep 29, 10:00 AM - Wed Nov 3, 10:00 AM (PDT)

Note: This class is currently being offered in-person at the Susi Q Senior Center. Masks and proof of vaccination will be required. There are no refunds.

Instructor: Lynette Brasfield

In this six-week course, we’ll discuss the tricks and techniques used by established authors to pen publishable novels – strategies also useful for memoirs. Every week we’ll review students’ work in a collaborative, candid, and always kind fashion.

About Lynette
Lynette Brasfield, author of award-winning Nature Lessons: A Novel (St. Martin’s Press, NY); former lecturer on fiction at Cal State Fullerton; former Stu News editor; current freelance writer/editor.

Week One
First things first: Introductions; kinds of novels; hooking the reader with an awesome first chapter.

Week Two
The Who’s of Whoville: What is “voice?”; who is telling the story?; how to make characters come alive.

Week Three
What’s the problem? What does the protagonist want, and what’s stopping them? Pacing, and how to build suspense.

Week Four
Where are we in time and space? Why does it matter? How to be descriptive without boring the reader.

Week Five
How did it all turn out? How to write a climax and a resolution that satisfies the reader.

Week Six
The road to publication: Writing the pitch letter; finding an agent. Possible visit by traditionally published author(s) to discuss their experiences.

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