Class Starts Thursday, October 7th, 2021
Class will meet weekly via Zoom (Thursdays, 6:00PM CST - 8:00PM CST).
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Led by Dana De Greff, who has taught Creative Writing classes at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, and The Loft Literary Center, among others. Dana is the author of Alterations. Her work appears in Cosmonauts Avenue, Jabberwock Review, PANK, Origins Journal, Philadelphia Stories, and Gulf Stream Magazine, among others. Dana's novel, Everyday Mysticism, was selected as a finalist for the 2021 Key West Literary Seminar's Marianne Russo Award.
Everyone loves the idea of writing a novel…until they start it. What drives a compulsively readable work of longform fiction? How do you create a story strong enough to sustain a novel? And how do you write 70, 80, or 90,000 words?
This course breaks down what you need for your first draft of a novel, how to outline your book before you start it, and methods for developing plot, characterization, world-building, point of view, and more.
This workshop will cover the fundamentals of writing a novel and provide practical strategies for completing a first draft. Students of all levels are welcome to participate and will work well for writers who already have an idea in hand as well as writers who are just starting out.
In this generative 6-week workshop, you will:
- Generate a novel questionnaire to help get you started.
- Outline your project and discover new writing methods.
- Work on character development exercises.
- Work through activities on setting and style.
- Learn tips on building scenes and creating conflict.
- Hone your dialogue practice with new techniques.
- Discover methods for incorporating backstory, flashbacks, and transitions.
- Learn actionable tips for next steps beyond the first draft such as crafting a query letter, finding an agent, and publishing.
- Students will learn how to generate and write their novel in 6 Weeks..
- Students will leave with a better understanding of plot, structure, voice, and other essential elements of fiction.
- Students will be guided guided by in-class prompts in a collaborative space.
- Students will leave with a complete plan for their novel, if not a rough draft.
- Students will have a clearer and stronger sense of their writing sensibilities.
By the end of the class, you will have the tools you need and a rough draft ready for the next step.
STUDENTS LOVE DANA:“I've had the pleasure of taking two separate Novel Writing courses with Dana. Having toiled with a novel of my own for years, I was able to get clarity and inspiration from both experiences. Dana's approach to teaching is fun and lighthearted and allows for creativity and exploration. If you've been working on an idea or are stuck in your writing process, I highly recommend you take one of her classes or use her coaching services. “ -Jeanette R.
“I loved taking Dana De Greff’s novel course. In just a few classes, I managed to finish the outline for a novel idea I’ve had stewing in my mind for years. Her writing prompts were productive and inspired me to start writing pages from day one. Her workshops are incredibly nurturing, too. She offers a space where writers can feel comfortable sharing their work and her feedback is always constructive and helpful. I would take more classes with her in a heartbeat!" - Patricia G.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class meets weekly via Zoom. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!
Instructor: Dana De Greff
Class Starts Thursday, October 7th, 2021
Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly via Zoom on Thursdays from 6:00PM - 8:00PM CST.
Instructor Dana De Greff holds a Masters in Fine Arts in fiction from the University of Miami. She has taught Creative Writing classes at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, Miami Arts Charter, Books & Books, The Loft Literary Center, The Writing Barn, and Austin Bat Cave. She is the author of Alterations (winner of the 2018 Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series published by Seven Kitchens Press), recipient of the 2018 Lillian E. Smith Writer-in-Service Award, and the 2017-2018 Literary Artist-in-Residence at the Deering Estate. She has been accepted or awarded scholarships from Tent: Creative Writing, the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop, The Key West Literary Seminar, the Lemon Tree House Residency in Tuscany, and Hedgebrook. Her work appears in Cosmonauts Avenue, Jabberwock Review, PANK, Origins Journal, Philadelphia Stories, and Gulf Stream Magazine, among others. Most recently, she’s the recipient of a 2021 Pushcart Prize Nomination for her story “Storms,” published in the Winter 2020 Issue of Jabberwock Review and was selected as a finalist for the 2021 Key West Literary Seminar's Marianne Russo Award for her novel-in-progress, EVERYDAY MYSTICISM. She is represented by Writers House.