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Online Workshop: Jumpstart Your Novel – Twelve Weeks to a First Draft with Bonnie Nadzam


Twelve Online Sessions

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm September 3 to November 19, 2019

In this class, you’ll start out by broadly defining, both personally and culturally, the technology that enhances and inhibits the creative process. Then you’ll immediately commence on a 12-week journey of finding the beginning, middle, and end of your novel.

The class is based on a workshop model but focuses solely on feedback and generative questions to move your writing process forward. In other words, this is not a 12-week writing period where revision or editing takes place. Everyone begins at zero, on page 1. The goal is to produce an early, albeit complete, draft of a novel. This class is fast-paced and largely self-driven, as any novel-writing process must be. The online class platform will provide feedback, questions and prompts, deadlines, and advising. Reading lists are of reasonable length, individually created, and used for generative purposes rather than for scholarly or critical group discussion.

Depending on your speed, you should aim to reserve 60 to 120 minutes per day for writing. Whether this is your first time taking a crack at a long-form project or you want to refresh your regular practice, by the end of our twelve weeks together you will have produced the raw material to begin shaping a finished book. In addition to workshopping, each enrolled student is guaranteed two 30-minute conferences over the duration of the course, once at mid-way and once at the conclusion.

All levels welcome!

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Taught by

  • Bonnie Nadzam2 credit Jeremy Chignell 2011-1

    Bonnie Nadzam

    Bonnie Nadzam

    Bonnie Nadzam’s fiction and essays have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Orion Magazine, Granta, and others. Her first novel, Lamb, was the winner of The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, longlisted for the Orange Prize, translated into several languages and made into an award winning independent film. Her second novel, Lions, was a Finalist for PEN USA Award for Literary Fiction. Her third novel, 31, is forthcoming. She is also coauthor of Love in the Anthropocene.