For some of you Nanowrimo was a great experience–but what next?? Or some of you have an old novel kicking around in your closet. Dust it off, get it ready.
I’m teaching two courses at Yukon College in the Winter, both of them are Fiction Writing Workshops. You can read more about them if you click on Writing Classes up on the Menu Bar.
In brief: Monday night is for novels that are more realistic–they don’t have magic, or time travel, or science fiction, or monsters in them. They are set in this world, working with people as we know them. They can be set in the past.
If you have at least 3/4 of a novel manuscript through a first draft, you are welcome to join the course. If you don’t have that much done, that’s okay to join too, as long as you know that a majority of people will be working on novels, and that class time discussion will be focussed on longer story arcs. People with novels are required to workshop 3 chapters over the course of the semester, comment on other people’s chapters, and with a group, present one novel to the class, one of the ones that we will be reading (we have three on the schedule), and turning in to the class a synopsis of your novel.
The practical side is that in April you will need one synopsis and the first three chapters of your novel ready to show editors who are coming to the Yukon!! Don’t pass up this opportunity. BIG name people are coming to look for manuscripts and help people move towards publication. They will take our class to the next level, much farther than most could take you. They will also take you to that next level if you AREN’T a part of the class–the Editor’s Weekend is a Yukon Wide event… (oh, it won’t be named Editor’s Weekend…I just made that up….).
Tuesday nights are for those novelists with a speculative element in their novel. There are different considerations when you are working with speculative elements and you will want people who are familiar with those elements. The rest of the class will be VERY similar to the Monday night group–all that’s different is that we will be working with texts that are outside of realism, even just slightly.
The courses are 16 weeks long, are the cheapest prices in any college in North America (dare anyone to beat $150 per course), and I think you will get more bang for your buck. Workshops are good to use to get a good opinion of what to look at more closely. Only come if you are ready to receive the opinions of 15 other readers, and to consider their thoughts on your work.
Come and Join us for a good workshop experience! CRWR 241: Fiction Writing Workshop (Mondays–realism; Tuesdays–Speculative) Starts Jan 5 at Yukon College!