THE NOVEL: A ROAD TO COMPLETION
Term: Sixteen Weeks, Begins August 26, 2017
Course Description: This course is designed for emerging novelists who are proficient prose writers and who have a strong sense of the book they are writing or want to write. Preference will be given to writers who have already begun their projects or who can demonstrate via a short proposal that they have a well-thought out idea and the willingness to commit to a sixteen-week course of study. For the term, participants are in a four-week cycle repeated as follows, with hiatus' built in for holidays and travel:
Two hours each week for 3 weeks--workshop sessions in which two 10-page manuscripts are read in advance of the workshops and are evaluated by the instructor and peer writers.
Two hours on the fourth week--open session in which participants read aloud up to 3 pages for comment and discuss writing, issues within their texts, publishing, and more.
The cycle of three weeks of workshop and one week of open session is repeated over four four-week periods, totalling sixteen weeks.
Given this format, each participant will have a manuscript critiqued every four-week period, plus three additional pages in the open session.
The first meeting of the term will be a half-hour longer to accommodate orientation, introductions, etc.
All manuscripts are to be double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, default margins.
Participants may, between scheduled workshops and with due notice, go online to discuss with each other their work and other writing matters. These impromptu discussions are free and highly encouraged.
At mid-term, each participant will have a 30-minute private conference with Connie.
At the end of the term, each participant will have a one-hour private conference with Connie in which they will submit a revised scene--five to ten pages--and lay out their vision for completing their novel.
If additional private sessions with Connie are requested, additional fees will apply.
Optional: Once a week private prompt writing sessions for The Novel: The Road to Completion participants. These sessions last one-hour and must have at least two participants. Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. CST (time may be adjusted by the group if a change is desired). Fee: $25.
Optional: If a participant would like a recorded copy of any session: $10 fee.
Participants will turn in their 10-page manuscripts for evaluation two-weeks prior to their scheduled workshop dates.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR FALL TERM: July 17, 2017, midnight, Central Standard Time.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Email five pages of a novel-in-progress or a two-to-three page proposal for a novel-in-progress to firstname.lastname@example.org by the above stated deadline.
TUITION INSTRUCTIONS: Payment in full must be made August 12. Successful applicants will be sent instructions via email.
Saturday Mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, Central Standard Time. August 26 workshop begins at 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 26, Sept. 9, Sept.16: workshops; Sept. 23: open session
Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14: workshops; Oct.21: open session
Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Dec. 2: workshops; Dec: 9: open session
Dec. 12, Dec. 23, Jan 13: workshops; Jan. 20: open session
Winter Term (subject to change)/Application Deadlines to Come
Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17: workshops; Feb. 24: open session
March 3, March 10, March 17: workshops; March 24: open session
April 7, April 14, April 21: workshops; April 28: open session
May 5, May 12, May 16: workshops; June 2: open session
Class Size: Six Participants
Yucatan Writing Conference
Now in Isla de Cozumel
Instructor: Connie May Fowler
Admission: By Application Only
*Note: All online classes are conducted via the online meeting platform ZOOM. Instruction will be provided on how to access and use this user-friendly virtual classroom environment.