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Writing a novel can be a lonely business—especially in this time of social distancing! If you want to start a novel or you’ve got a novel in progress, this class provides guidance, inspiration, and support.

“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! I really enjoy helping new novelists get their work off the ground.”

This online class will be conducted on Zoom. The platform allows for engaging, real-time discussion and exercises to help students develop their novel-writing craft. We’ll cover the key aspects of novel writing: creating compelling characters, shaping your plot, setting, pacing, and techniques to hook readers and keep them engaged. We’ll also discuss strategies to support the writing process so you can get your novel done.

Says Elaine, “I give weekly homework assignments so students can practice outlining their plot, get to know their characters, and develop vivid and engaging scenes. Students get detailed individual feedback on their work so they can make significant progress on their book.

“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. The class becomes a wonderful support for everyone, and students complete it energized about completing their novel.”


About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon has moved all spring classes to a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the web. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your home office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



    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 GlobeLambda 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.

  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, September 21, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, September 28, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, October 05, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, October 12, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, October 19, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • 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.

    Rick Kelley
  • 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!

    Karolina Garrett


Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 2:00 am PDT
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 4:30 am PDT
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Online (SF Zoom)
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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