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Cooking Your Novel

A four-week online fiction writing class offered through
WriterHouse, Charlottesville, VA

$94.50 Members | $105 Nonmembers   Click HERE to register
Saturdays, 6/13/20, 6/20/20, 6/27/20, and 7/11/20 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Instructor: Bruce Holsinger

This series of four two-hour workshops, intended for writers who have made some progress on a first novel, will help you begin shaping (or reshaping) your book into a manuscript responsive to the conventions and expectations of the contemporary fiction market. What makes for a compelling premise, concept, or “hook” that will attract the attention of agents and editors? How do novelists move from an idea to a fleshed-out story with good pace and overall structure? What are the most important elements of character, and how can your characters help you craft a compelling story that will keep your reader’s attention? We will be working with concrete examples across genres, paying careful attention to how authors work with these elements in crafting novels for contemporary audiences and pitching them to agents. There will be in-class exercises as well as homework—but not too much.