Beginning Your Novel: Jumpstart Your First Draft (with Kate Senecal) - ONLINE
Have an idea for or just getting started on a novel? Join us for an inspiring 6 weeks of planning, brainstorming, and drafting parts of the first draft of your novel. This class is for writers of all levels -- if you're just getting started with your first novel or laying the groundwork for your fifth, this is for you! This course offers lectures, handouts, and reading materials that break down crucial craft elements in the novel form; features small and large group brainstorming discussions, prompts and writing exercises that will help participants figure out what kind of story their novel wants to be; opportunities for casual sharing of work and verbal feedback from the instructor and the group; discussion and materials about strategies for outlining the novel; and focused attention on construction of the first chapter. Participants will leave the course with a draft of at least the first few pages of their novel if not an entire first chapter. All levels. Limited to 10 writers.
WHEN: 6 Weeks: Saturdays, March 12 - April 16 (4 - 6pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference (live)
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
KATE SENECAL is the Assistant Director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop and the Program Director of PVWW's Year-Long Manuscript Program. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the former fiction editor of Storychord. She's received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s 2019 Short Fiction Contest, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. Kate’s fiction has been published in The Laurel Review, The Foundling Review, and in Storychord.com. In addition to her work at PVWW, she teaches writing at Grub Street and Umass, Amherst. She is at work on a first novel.
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ONLINE SESSIONS happen remotely, via Zoom video conference. All you need is a laptop, computer, or phone with functioning audio and a webcam. Those who RSVP receive directions and a link to "join" the session via email (please see above note about receiving the Zoom link). All online instructors will log on to the video conference a few minutes before the start of the session, so please plan to log on early if you'd like assistance! We'll do everything in our power to help you get comfortable with the Zoom format, though we are not able to offer technical assistance beyond basic Zoom orientation.
REFUND & CREDIT POLICIES AT PVWW
Because of non-refundable fees that we, PVWW, must pay for every transaction that happens, we are not able to give full refunds to those who register then withdraw from a workshop or class. If you withdraw from a workshop ten days or more before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop or class of equal value OR a refund minus 10%. If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive full credit toward another class OR a refund minus 30%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We are not able to offer you credit toward another class or a partial refund, unless in the case of a medical emergency. If we have to cancel a class for any reason, you will receive a full refund, or if you choose, a credit in the amount of your payment, to be used for any future PVWW class. Anyone who does not specify whether they would like a refund or a credit for a cancelled class within 3 months will automatically be refunded. Please contact Joy (email@example.com) for all matters concerning credit and refunds.