Novella Writing Fundamentals (with Olivia Kate Cerrone) - ONLINE
This workshop is devoted to the novella, a classic form that has gained popularity in recent years. During the first half of the workshop, students will examine and discuss the essential features and craftsmanship of the novella form, drawing from examples including McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson and Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. We will discuss what sets the novella apart from the short story and novel, and how craft plays an essential role in this particular genre. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their own novella manuscripts during the second half of the class, with a focus on outlining, revision techniques, and achieving the condensed focus necessary for the novella form. For: All levels. Writers who are just starting out writing fiction will gain a deeper understanding of the craft fundamentals of this unique genre of the novella form. Advanced writers will be able to understand how to better perfect their abilities in revising and reworking their novella drafts. Limited to 12 writers.
WHEN: Saturday, April 10 (1 - 3pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
OLIVIA KATE CERRONE's writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Rumpus, and New South, among other publications. Her novella The Hunger Saint won an American Fiction Award and was praised by Kirkus Review as “a well-crafted and affecting literary tale.” She won Crab Orchard Review's Jack Dyer Fiction Prize and various other honors, including fellowships from the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (Scotland), the Ragdale Foundation, VCCA, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, where she received a "Distinguished Fellowship" from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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