This is a course with one simple aim: to help writers use their power as storytellers to support a more just and verdant world.
A solid story and compelling characters are a great start. But if you want your novel to stand out from the competition, it has to have something extra.
It has to have a sense of meaning.
In this 4-week class, I'll help you elevate your command of craft—
> by taking a stand on the issues that matter most to you
> by connecting with your reader on a deeper level
> by accurately reflecting the complex truths of reality (and avoiding harm to historically marginalized people in your work)
If you're ready to break through with your first published novel, then it's time to embrace your true power as a storyteller.
Voice and Vision
Agents and editors will tell you it's the #1 thing that gets their attention in a submission: a compelling voice and a clear point of view (POV).
Spend some time working your way through the slush pile for a journal or contest, and you'll find it too—that special something that sets certain submissions apart from the rest, often from the very first lines.
It's the sense of actually inhabiting the mind of another, and the world as they see it.
It's the sense of a fictional vision, fully realized.
In this 5-week class, I'll help you tune in the unique voice of your novel, and work with you to ensure that your readers find your POV characters just as compelling as you do. With techniques borrowed from neuroscience, as well as from some of the best prose stylists working today, this class will help you make a true quantum leap with your craft.
You'll emerge with a novel that feels inexplicably real and alive, in a way your readers probably won't be able to explain—but won't be able to put down.
You know that magical feeling of being transported by fiction—the sense that you're no longer reading the story, you're living it?
It's not actually magic, it's neuroscience. (Which, come to think of it, might be the same thing.)
In this self-paced course, I'll show you how to unleash the true power of scenes in your stories, sharing techniques borrowed from great authors and screenwriters, firmly anchored in neuroscience.
You'll emerge with four powerful scenes that will transform your reader's experience of your novel—and take your command of craft to the next level.
Anatomy of the Novel
It’s a dirty little secret in the writing world: you can rack up $40K+ on an MFA, and/or read 40+ books on craft, and still have no idea how to write a publishable novel.
If you’re tired of wondering what you’re doing—and, frankly, tired of the BS—pull up a chair, crack open your laptop, and prepare yourself for a serious download. In just four sections, you’ll learn the fundamental principles of publishable fiction, regardless of genre, and gain the tools to recognize when your novel meets the standards of the marketplace. Period.