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Writing Workshops

The Novel Clinic with Keisha Bush


10 Sessions

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Once a week Wednesdays, 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT January 11 to March 22, 2023

Online via Zoom

Please Note: There will be no meeting on Wednesday, January 18th.

Writing a novel often feels like you are scaling a mountain with no peak and your climbing gear has worn itself out leaving you with scraped knees and elbows. In this course, we will approach our work with kindness and open heartedness. Students will workshop their pages on a weekly basis and together, we’ll engage in discussions about character development, dialogue, narrative drive and pacing, point of view, structure, and anything else that is a pressing issue within the work. Come with a willingness to learn what your strengths and weaknesses are and how to use that vital knowledge to your advantage. Over the course of the ten weeks, we will laugh, play, and have fun within our work as we accomplish more with joy than with grief.

Course Outline:

If the class is full, we will workshop three students per session for two rounds and use the first session to do a close reading focused on voice. The sixth session will be a lecture and close reading of assigned stories based on areas student’s writing needs the most attention, along with in-class writing prompts and breakout groups, before embarking on round two of workshop submissions.

  • Session 1 (1/11): Introduction, lecture on POV and brief overview of other literary techniques, in-class reading, in-class writing session, breakout groups
  • Sessions 2–5 (1/25–2/15): First round of student submission workshops
  • Session 6 (2/22): Lecture, assigned reading discussion based on areas of development in round-one workshops (i.e. dialogue, pacing, structure, POV, etc.), in-class writing session, breakout groups
  • Sessions 7–10 (3/1–3/22): Second round of student submission workshops

Capacity: 12


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    Keisha Bush

    Keisha Bush

    Keisha Bush was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a business degree from Bentley University, an MFA from The New School, where she was a Riggio Honors Teaching Fellow, and recipient of an NSPE Dean’s Scholarship, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theology at Harvard University. She has received fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Moulin à Nef in France, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Literary Hub, the Rumpus, and Electric Lit. She is the author of No Heaven for Good Boys, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and My Family Tree, a children’s book published with Scholastic.