Writing a novel can be a lonely business. It can also be pretty overwhelming when you’re doing it without input or support. If you want to start a novel or you’ve got a novel in progress, this class is designed to help.
“I love teaching novel writing,” says instructor Elaine Beale. “It’s so inspiring seeing each student create characters, stories, and entire worlds out of the blank page! And, because the novel is my favorite form to read and to write, I really enjoy helping new novelists get their work off the ground.”
The class covers the key aspects of novel writing: creating compelling characters, how to structure a scene and a chapter, and how to shape your plot. It also covers pacing, setting, and point-of-view, as well as strategies and techniques to support the writing process so you can get your novel done.
Says Elaine, “I give homework assignments so students can practice outlining their plot, get to know their characters more deeply, and develop vivid and engaging scenes. Each student gets individual feedback and we follow up with discussion in class.
“Most classes include a mix of students who are new to novel writing and those who may have several chapters, or even a complete draft under their belt. My goal is to help every student realize their creative vision. Usually the class becomes a wonderful support for everyone, and students complete it energized about their book.”
Elaine Beale has published two novels, the most recent of which, Another Life Altogether, was featured in Oprah Magazine and received praise from the Boston Globe, Lambda Literary, and Publishers Weekly, among others. Elaine was the winner of the 2007 Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange Award and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her latest book is Write for Wellness, a guide to using expressive writing to promote emotional and physical health.
- Wednesday, January 15, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, January 22, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, January 29, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, February 05, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, February 12, 7:00pm-9:30pm
Elaine is an excellent, dynamic teacher and very organized with materials and communications. Her critiquing of our writing was extremely valuable. In addition to her considerable experience, she has a gift for it. . . . I wish she could always be my reader, and would definitely take another course taught by her and recommend her classes to others.
I am a big fan of Elaine's classes. She immediately puts the novice at ease and her enthusiastic love of the craft is contagious.
Elaine knows her stuff, obviously, and articulates her insights in an inspiring style. She respects how challenging writing is and accentuates that by constantly providing positive support. She is warm, honest, and helpful for fledgling fiction writers!
“Starting Your Novel” with Elaine Beale was one of the most useful classes I've taken. Elaine is the kind of teacher who puts everyone at ease, no matter what stage of their writing the students are at. Her critique, while incisive, is always positive and constructive, and that made me feel comfortable sharing my work in class. She is also generous with sharing her own experience of getting published. I learnt a lot from her insights into the craft as well as the business.