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Novel Jumpstart

Jan 27
Feb 17
6 - 8 PM CT
Mary Adkins
Online via Zoom
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This four-week workshop is designed for writers who either have an idea for a novel or are in the early stages of drafting. We will cover how to nail down your big idea (and make sure it's rich enough to carry a novel) and discuss character development, scene work, and novel structure. We will also cover process strategies for making it to the last page. The course will meet live online with instructor feedback on course assignments.

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.

What Our Students Say

“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.”

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