Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Working on a Novel?

Consider this year-long class at the Writer’s Center (in Bethesda) to help you finish that draft. Susan Coll will guide your efforts in this workshop dedicated to novels and the novel biz. I know she’s one of my friends, so perhaps I’m not entirely unbiased, but she is smart and compassionate and organized and generous…in short, everything I would want in a teacher.

Here’s the write-up, followed by the link for pricing information and registration:

Time: 7:00-9:30
Dates: 9/15/2016–8/31/2017
Location: Bethesda
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Susan Coll
Fall: September 15 - December 8
Winter/Spring: January 12 - April 13
Summer: Individual monthly check-ins with instructor, June – August

This twelve-month program is intended to support serious novelists looking to revise and pitch their novels. Novel Year participants will experience the rigor and structure of an M.F.A. program, but with less of an expense and time commitment. 

Working with a published novelist, ten participants will workshop their entire novel-in-progress. Other benefits include:
•Consistent writing deadlines, studying aspects of craft, and being part of a supportive community •Panels and Q&As with experts in the industry, including literary agents and visiting writers •Free access to the Studio at The Writer’s Center during the full year (valued at $1,000) •Free admission to literary events at the Center •Being a featured reader (reading works-in-progress) at the 2017 Bethesda Literary Festival

Participants must have completed at least 150 pages of a novel before enrolling. To be admitted into the program, potential candidates will need to submit:
•A one-page cover letter detailing their interest in the program. •A twenty-five page writing sample from their novel in progress. (Submissions must be double spaced and use a standard font.)
Admissions will be on a rolling basis, and the number of participants will be limited to ten, so participants are encouraged to submit early.

Susan Coll’s website: http://susancoll.com/


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