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How to Map Out Your Novel with Mathangi Subramanian


3 Sessions

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Friday—Sunday February 16 to February 18, 2024

Online via Zoom

Meeting Times:
Friday (2/16): 7–9pm ET
Saturday & Sunday (2/17 & 2/18): 12–2pm ET

Do you have a book-length work of fiction that can’t seem to find the time to finish? Are you stuck at a key point in a manuscript that you’ve poured your whole heart into? Do you feel like your novel is missing something, but you can’t quite figure out what? Don’t despair — and don’t struggle alone! Give yourself the gift of creative community and join our novel-writing workshop with award-winning author and writing professor Dr. Mathangi Subramanian. In this class, we’ll work together to structure our novels, focusing on the building blocks of fiction. We’ll do this through a series of generative exercises and focused workshops on craft decisions like point of view, tense, structure, character development, and world building. Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback from the professor, but the majority of the class will be about generating and structuring our work.

Course Outline
  • Session I: Building Blocks of Story: Experimenting with Tense and Perspective
  • Session II: What Makes a Story?: Understanding Character
  • Session III: Structuring Your Story: Cause, Effect, and Revelations

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    Mathangi Subramanian

    Mathangi Subramanian

    Mathangi Subramanian is a neurodiverse South Asian American novelist and essayist. Her middle grade book Dear Mrs. Naidu won the South Asia Book award, and her novel A People’s History of Heaven was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and was longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner prize and The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her picture book A Butterfly Smile was inducted into the Nobel Museum by economics laureate Dr. Esther Duflo. She is a guest artist at Denver School of the arts and affiliate faculty at the Regis Mile High MFA program. She holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University Teachers College.