SESSION 4: YOU CAN WRITE A NOVEL
LEARN TO WRITE A WHOLE BOOK WITHOUT GETTING LOST
INSTRUCTOR: RUSSELL SMITH
WHEN: Tuesday, May 16 - Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
NUMBER OF CLASSES: 6
WHERE: Room 214, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street W, Toronto
COST: $585 + HST*
If you can write a three-page story, you can write a novel.
This six-week course will dispel the mystery around writing books and reveal the novel as a writing project like any other. Award-winning novelist and experienced writing teacher Russell Smith will help you break the longer form down into manageable steps. This practical approach focuses on structure rather than on the rhythm of your writing, on product rather than process. You will move from refining your initial idea to writing an outline, to dramatizing scenes. We will discuss the nature of story, the necessary features of plot, and the alchemy of a satisfying ending. Learn useful exercises for breaking down creative blocks and polishing your prose, and gain practical advice about what publishers look for in books, and how to sell your ideas.
You will have the opportunity to share your own work with others and receive a professional critique. Literary and genre fiction writers are welcome, as well as beginners of all kinds.
RUSSELL SMITH has published eight books of fiction and one of nonfiction. His most recent book is Confidence. His novels have been nominated for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award and the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize. He has won the National Magazine Award for fiction twice. He writes a weekly column on culture for the national Globe and Mail and teaches a fiction workshop in the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph.
*Limited seats will be available at a reduced rate of $293 + HST, and in cases of greater financial need, $100 + HST. You can apply for one of these spots under the Fee field on the registration form. Reduced rate registration is not guaranteed.
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