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Cooking Your Novel (Online class)

June 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

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Instructor: Bruce Holsinger
$94.50 Members | $105 Nonmembers
Saturdays, 6/13/20, 6/20/20, 6/27/20, and 7/11/20 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Four-week class

This series of four two-hour workshops, intended for writers who have made significant progress on a first novel, will help you begin shaping (or reshaping) your book into a manuscript responsive to the conventions and expectations of the contemporary fiction market. What makes for a compelling premise, concept, or “hook” that will attract the attention of agents and editors? How do novelists move from an idea to a fleshed-out story with good pace and overall structure? What are the most important elements of character, and how can your characters help you craft a compelling story that will keep your reader’s attention? We will be working with concrete examples across genres, paying careful attention to how successful authors work with these elements in crafting novels for contemporary audiences and pitching them to agents. There will be in-class exercises as well as homework—but not too much.

Bruce Holsinger is a fiction writer and literary scholar based in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author most recently of The Gifted School (Riverhead Books, 2019), hailed by The New York Times as “a suspenseful, laugh-out-loud page-turner and an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class” and by The Wall Street Journal as the “novel that predicted the college admissions scandal.” The Gifted School has been optioned for television by NBC/Universal and is currently in development. His previous books include A Burnable Book and The Invention of Fire, award-winning historical novels published by William Morrow (HarperCollins). His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York TimesThe New York Review of BooksThe Washington PostSlate, and many other publications. His work has been featured several times on NPR.

Since 2005 he has taught in the Department of English at the University of Virginia, where he specializes in medieval literature and modern critical thought and serves as editor of the quarterly journal New Literary History. His nonfiction books have won major awards from the Modern Language Association, the Medieval Academy of America, and the American Musicological Society, and his academic work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Registration is closed for this ongoing class.


June 13, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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