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SECOND DRAFT Workshops

A NOVEL APPROACH (Now in its 7th Year) is designed to help authors START and FINISH book-length writing projects.

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Our workshops are offered in three formats:

    1. As an in-person workshop where participants meet approximately every two weeks to write a FIRST DRAFT. Authors post their writing on our secure website, share their writing in class, and receive positive feedback about what’s working well from the instructors and their fellow writers. Throughout the workshop they also receive ongoing instruction about the craft of writing through lessons provided in class and through personal feedback from instructors.

    2. This workshop is also provided in an online format that mirrors the in-person design that accentuates the completion of a FIRST DRAFT. The focus, however, is more oriented to one-on-one interaction with instructors.

    3. A Novel Approach SECOND DRAFT is designed to help authors who already have a manuscript and who would like assistance in preparing their manuscript (and themselves) for the rigours of the publication process.

Fiction or Memoir FIRST DRAFT (InClass)

Maximum class size: 8

A Novel Approach to Fiction or Memoir supplies the discipline and positive support to produce the FIRST DRAFT of a manuscript in 3000 word increments, every two weeks, for a year.

Along the way participants MEET AS A GROUP BIWEEKLY to share their work and learn the fundamental skills of writing a book-length project: creating story, developing interesting characters, defining the narrative arc and emotional transformation, designing scenes, exploring structure options, deciding on points of view, and much more.

It emphasizes the completion of the first draft of a story or memoir, and rewards participants with enhanced writing and critiquing skills.

And all in the company of like-minded writers.

THIS WORKSHOP STARTS EVERY SEPTEMBER

Fiction or Memoir FIRST DRAFT (OnLine)

Maximum ONLINE class size: 5

Our year long workshop that provides structure, accountability and instruction so you finish the first draft of your book ONLINE. Participants submit new work every two weeks and meet with a facilitator via Skype or telephone every four weeks to discuss progress and receive positive feedback. Participants also receive lessons about the craft of writing every two weeks.

Three ONLINE INTAKES per year. NOV. 15th, FEB. 15th AND MAY 15th.

SECOND DRAFT (InClass)

Maximum 2ND DRAFT class size: 7

For those authors who have substantially completed the first draft of a memoir or long fiction project and want assistance in preparing it for submission. This workshop is also ideal for authors who have received feedback from an agent or editor who has suggested new approaches or rewrites.

OUR NEXT WORKSHOP STARTS in SEPTEMBER, 2016.
(NOTE: LATEST DATE WE ACCEPT MANUSCRIPTS IS AUGUST 1st)

* A Novel Approach Second Draft is NOT YET available online.

Some of our writers have gone on to be published, to win awards and contests, and even to obtain multiple book publishing contracts.

 

How to know if A Novel Approach to Fiction or Memoir is right for you:
How to know if ANA Second Draft is right for you:
  • You’ve wanted to write a particular story for years but don’t know how to turn it into a full length manuscript
  • You’re great at starting book-length projects but run out of steam part way through
  • You’re tired of making excuses when people ask “How’s the book coming?”
  • You’ve successfully pitched your project to an agent or editor and now it’s time to write it!
  • You’ve always wanted to write a book but don’t have the discipline to do it
  • You have already finished, or substantially finished the first draft of your novel or book-length memoir
  • You’re already working on a rewrite, but you have trouble with the discipline required
  • You need another set of eyes on your manuscript to help figure out what to do
  • You’ve shown your book to an agent or editor who has suggested significant rewrites and you need help negotiating that process
  • You’ve pitched your novel at a conference and are looking for professional assistance to polish it for submission
This is what ANA to Fiction or Memoir will do for you:
This is what ANA Second Draft will do for you:
  • You will have the structure and discipline necessary to produce a draft of approximately 75,000 words
  • You will learn and practice the fundamentals needed to write a book-length work of fiction or memoir
  • You will receive bi-weekly feedback from the facilitator
  • You will receive a review of the manuscript at 21,000 words to help refine your direction
  • You will have the support and camaraderie of the other participants throughout the process
  • You will have a password protected backup copy of your work at all times on our author website
  • Your manuscript will be reviewed in detail and you will receive one-on-one feedback on what’s working well and what could be improved before the course begins
  • You and the facilitator will develop a unique plan for your manuscript to refine, complete and polish it before the course begins
  • You will have regular feedback from the instructor on all new material developed in the course
  • You will share the journey with other writers on the same path. NOTE: Although sharing challenges and working together on similar problems occurs in this workshop, critiquing the work of fellow participant manuscripts is not required.
  • You will learn how to identify what’s working well and what needs strengthening in a book length manuscript
  • You will have the structure and discipline of the course to keep you on track
  • You will receive professional assistance in preparing a pitch, synopsis, and query letter that you can use to approach an agent or publisher: 
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