Join us for an evening with Visiting Writer Kiese Laymon - March 10!
Free Registration>

Youth Novel Writing Experience: Grades 6-9

Nov 7
Dec 5
3:00 - 4:30PM CST
AM Ringwalt
The Porch HQ, 2811 Dogwood Pl, Nashville, TN 37204
Cancellation & Refund Policy >

Do you know an emerging writer who dreams of writing a novel? Why wait? They can write a novel draft this November with The Porch!

November is National Novel Writing Month, and The Porch is celebrating with a communal and immersive learning experience for emerging young novelists in Nashville. Participants will get:

· Three novel writing workshops with an energizing and uplifting atmosphere geared toward generating new fiction—with a focus on both quality and quantity (in other words, finishing that novel!). In our workshops, we will focus on specific plot-sustaining elements like character development and interlinked conflict, as well as crafting compelling first sentences and conclusions. 

· A visiting author talk: hear what it’s like to finish a novel and navigate the publishing process.

· Three write-ins: time set aside for participants to hangout and work on their writing surrounded by peers.

· Regular emails with additional tips, encouragement, and quotes from famous authors.



· Workshops are Sundays, Nov. 7 – Dec. 5 (skipping the 28th for Thanksgiving weekend), from 3-4:30PM CST.

· Write-ins are peppered throughout the month on different weekday evenings. Writers can attend whichever ones fit into their schedule.


Cost: $120


Note: The workshops will take place in-person at the Porch HQ. Student and instructor safety is still our top priority, so masks will be required at all times when inside the building. All Porch instructors have been fully vaccinated.

AM Ringwalt is a writer and musician. The author of "The Wheel" (Spuyten Duyvil), her work appears in Jacket2, Music & Literature and Black Warrior Review. The recipient of the 2019 Sparks Prize as a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s MFA in Poetry, she teaches creative writing at Belmont University, the Porch and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

What Our Students Say

AM Ringwalt is a caring and attentive instructor, with a great eye for the type of poetry we want to write and we want to feel. It's a pleasure knowing her as a person and an even greater one studying with her as a teacher.

AM Ringwalt really opened my eyes to the beauty of literature. The poem I wrote in her workshop really showed me how greatly I’m influenced by people and environment. I’m trying to learn how to write better and hearing AM quote some of my words really made me happy. Thanks for the encouraging words.

I loved taking class with AM. She brought insight while at the same time acknowledged and valued the insights of classroom participants as equal to her own. The pacing of the class was great and it never dragged or rushes.

more classes

Immigrants Write

Nina Adel


Putting the Narrative in Narrative Nonfiction

Minda Honey


Writing Therapy

Anna B. Sutton