May 28-June 4, 6-9:00 PM, Gleacher Center,
In this two-day course, we'll work on drafts of synopses so they’re ready to go to an agent. Even if you're not ready to shop your novel around, this course will help you figure out major themes, plot lines, and how to compress your ideas into a winning description of your book. Students should bring a draft (three pages or less) to the first class, which we'll review in the second class for final polish.
JULY 13-JULY 27, 6-9:00 PM, GLEACHER CENTER
Getting your novel off the ground in chapter 1 can be a daunting task. First chapters are often revised again and again. In Novel Beginnings, we'll first look at some excellent opening chapters and discuss why they work. What's left out? What's essential to hook the reader? Within a few days after the first session, students will turn in ten to fifteen pages of their first novel chapters. The instructor will return critiques one week before the second session. Students will integrate those comments and edits, and bring the revision to the second session. Revised first chapters will be shared and discussed in the second session.
AUGUST 15-SEPTEMBER 5, 6-8:30 PM, GLEACHER CENTER
In this course, students will draft a story from two or more points of view to explore how point-of-view shifts can open a story, revealing new insights and possibilities. We'll define the different points of view (first, second, third, omniscient, and others) and read stories written from each. Students will learn how to define, articulate, and justify their point-of-view choices while reinventing and revealing their stories through a different lens. Students can work on fiction or nonfiction stories they've already written or create new stories based on in-class exercises.