Writing Your Novel Part 2

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February 28, 2022 - May 2, 2022
Mondays, 6:30 - 8:15 PM ET

Write that novel you've been dreaming about, with support and guidance. This is the second part of a two-semester course that is designed as a standalone and a pairing; new students are welcome and will receive additional asynchronous instruction. This course will cover what makes a good novel concept and approaches to drafting a novel. Students will receive feedback from each other and the instructor on outlines and excerpts of their work in progress. The course will also address next steps for revising and publishing novels. Students may follow course goals to finish half of a novel in each semester or find their own pace. Memoirists are welcome to join.

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Current and retired full-time Johns Hopkins faculty and staff, as well as their spouses or domestic partners, are eligible for tuition remission. Eligibility details can be found here.

After registration, tuition remission eligibility will be confirmed by the Odyssey registrar. If eligibility cannot be confirmed, you will be required to pay full tuition for the course. Under the terms of the University’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No partial refunds are given to JHU employees and affiliates. All other participants should review the JHAA Event

Course overview February 28, 2022 - February 28, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:15:00 PM

Introductions
What makes a good concept?
Discussion of genre and age category
Overview of plotting resources, plotting vs. pantsing

Two-semester students will assess what worked and what may need to change about their concept/process moving forward.

Students will plan which novel/memoir idea they will work on this semester and explore the processes they may use to write the novel. Students will identify which genre/age category fits their idea. Students will explore different mechanisms of planning and drafting a novel. Newer students will learn from two-semester students’ reflection on their work so far.

Writing Goals: Brief concept overview March 7, 2022 - March 7, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:15:00 PM

Two-semester students: 45,000 words

What makes a good workshop?
All new or revised concepts will be critiqued in class
What happens when you tweak your concept halfway into a draft?
Discussion of plotting resources

Students will improve their skills at giving critiques. Students will explore and possibly change their novel concepts.  Students will gain new perspective on writing and revision processes.

 March 14, 2022 - March 14, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:15:00 PM

Writing Goals

2-10 page outline of your novel, if you’re interested in outlining

Two-semester students: 50,000 words and/or updated/reverse outline

Outline workshop for 4 students
Point of view

Students will learn about what makes a good outline and get ideas for what they may need to revise about their outlines. Students will explore outlining as a technique for revision, not just planning. Students will learn about various types of point of view and identify how they may want to use point of view in their writing.

​​​​​​​Scene vs. Summary March 21, 2022 - March 21, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:15:00 PM

5,000 words

Two-semester students: 55,000 words

Excerpt workshop for 4 students
Scene vs. Summary: controlling time in the manuscript

Students will gain an advanced understanding of how language can manipulate the speed of time passing in a manuscript. Students will give and receive feedback on each other’s work.

Writing Dialogue March 28, 2022 - March 28, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:15:00 PM

Writing Goals: 10,000 words
wo-semester students: 60,000 words

Excerpt workshop for 4 students
Writing excellent dialogue

Students will analyze methods for writing realistic, compelling dialogue and plan how to apply those methods to their own work. Students will give and receive feedback on each other’s work.

Building multidimensional characters April 4, 2022 - April 4, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:15:00 PM

Writing Goals: 15,000 words
Two-semester students: 65,000 words

Building multidimensional characters
Excerpt workshop for 4 students

Students will analyze methods for creating compelling, realistic characters and plan how to apply those methods to their own work. Students will give and receive feedback on each other’s work.

Writing compelling action scenes April 11, 2022 - April 11, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:15:00 PM

Writing Goals: 20,000 words
Two-semester students: 70,000 words

Writing compelling action scenes
Excerpt workshop for 4 students

Students will analyze what makes an action scene keep readers on the edge of their seats and how to write their own action scenes. Students will give and receive feedback on each other’s work.

Getting to the Ending April 18, 2022 - April 18, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:15:00 PM

Writing Goals: 25,000 words
Two-semester students: 75,000 words

Getting to the ending: Writing all is lost/dark night of the soul moments
Excerpt workshop for 4 students

Students will analyze how to create a sense of desperation and emotional turmoil leading into the end of the novel. Students will give and receive feedback on each other’s work.

The End April 25, 2022 - April 25, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:15:00 PM

Writing Goals: 30,000 words
Two-semester: 80,000 words (or THE END!)

Writing a memorable ending via plot and character change
Excerpt workshop for 4 students

Students will analyze methods to create an amazing climactic scene and resolution to their novels. Students will give and receive feedback on each other’s work.

Revisions May 2, 2022 - May 2, 2022   06:30:00 PM - 08:15:00 PM

Writing Goals: 35,000 words
Two-semester: 85,000 words (or THE END!)

Next steps: Revising/querying/publishing
Excerpt workshop for 4 students

Students will form a plan for what is next for their writing career, whether that is finishing the novel, revising the novel, or submitting the novel to publishers. Students will give and receive feedback on each other’s work.

ABOUT Tracy C. Gold

Tracy C. Gold loves bringing characters to life. She is a writer, freelance editor, and mom living in Baltimore, Maryland. Tracy has edited books that have been acquired by publishers including Simon Pulse, Pegasus Books, Bloomsbury Spark, Delacorte, New World Library, and Inkyard. Tracy earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore and earned her B.A. in English from Duke University. Tracy also learned about publishing when she worked for literary agent Carrie Pestritto, who is now Tracy’s agent. Tracy has published two picture books, Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby, and Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat. She also writes short stories, essays, novels, and poems. Her work has been published in several magazines and anthologies. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s playing with her toddler, or hanging out with her horse and dog, both rescues. You can find out more about Tracy at tracycgold.com, by following her on Twitter and Instagram at @tracycgold, or by liking her Facebook page.

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 Event Date
Starts:
Monday, February 28, 2022
6:30pm EDT

Ends:
Monday, May 2, 2022

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