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Karen Bjorneby: Starting Your Novel – Get a Foothold on Your Project

Karen Bjorneby 9.4.145 Wednesdays, August 16 – September 13, 7-9:30pm  San Francisco
$275 members/$295 non-members   
Student Testimonials

Writing a successful novel demands a lot of a writer. Novelists need to develop convincing characters, craft a gripping plot, create settings that make their story vivid, and write in a voice that makes their work unique.

“In this workshop, we’ll talk about your idea and make sure it has enough weight to carry a novel,” says instructor Karen Bjorneby. “We’ll talk about your character and make sure she’s so compelling we all can’t wait to find out what she’ll do next. We’ll talk about plot – how are you going to make enough things happen? And we’ll talk about structure – how do you organize this huge thing and not get overwhelmed?”

With the help of various writing exercises, class members will work on developing written plot summaries, making sure there’s enough action and enough character development. We’ll share tips on the process, on getting the pages written, on keeping going, on when to go back and revise and when to keep moving ahead.

“Our goal is to get you so close to your main character you’ll know all his secrets, hopes, fears, dreams – better than his own therapist would!” says Karen. “We’ll also do writing exercises to help you connect with your setting. And you’ll share what you’ve written, so that you’ll get feedback on your craft, your style, and on that special quality you bring to your writing that makes it uniquely yours.”

Karen Bjorneby is the author of Hurricane Season, which received Foreword’s Honorable Mention as best independent/university press short fiction collection of the year. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in over two dozen publications including The Threepenny Review, The Sun, North American Review, StoryQuarterly, Poetry Daily, and Able Muse. She’s received a Pushcart Special Mention citation, two other Pushcart nominations, a National Magazine Award nomination, and she was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. She recently secured representation for her novel Naked, Shining, and Alive.


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