This workshop will cover six key criteria of a solid novel or memoir premise. We will cover concrete examples of how you can turn your big idea into the question that becomes the heart of your book; then we’ll discuss how to use a three-way breakdown of that question to choose plot-based events, write about your characters, and nail the perfect ending. Finally, we’ll workshop your book ideas together in real time.
Mary Adkins is the author of the novels When You Read This (Indie Next Pick and “Best Book of 2019” by Good Housekeeping) and Privilege (a New York Post Best Book of the Week and Today.com's 7 Best Summer Reads). Her third novel, Palm Beach, will be published by Harper in 2021. Her essays and reporting have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and more. A graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University, she teaches storytelling for The Moth worldwide and lives in Nashville with her husband and son.
“Mary provided powerful insights into the novel writing process. Those exercises really helped me to think differently about my novel.”
“I really enjoyed this class! The material was very educational, and Mary did an incredible job of balancing the online setting with the learning experience.”
“I'm using everything Mary taught! Everything she taught was a new idea to me.”