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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 is running all classes in 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 internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, January 11, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, January 18, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, January 25, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, February 01, 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, February 08, 6:30pm-9:00pm
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!