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“Jump Start Your Novel” with Sara Kocek

March 1, 2023 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CST

$59.00 – $119.00

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$59 for Members
$119 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one month.

Are you ready to take your novel manuscript to the next level?

Now more than ever, a strong opening is vital for a novel’s success. Your manuscript has very little time in an agent’s hands or a reader’s hands before they decide whether or not to keep going. In order to stand out from the hundreds of other novels, your opening pages need to be polished and diamond-sharp. In this class, we’ll cover everything you need to jump start your manuscript with compelling tension and a vivid, distinct, voice.

This class will cover:

  • The six elements of a strong beginning
  • How NOT to open your first chapter
  • How to create a flexible outline that grows with your novel
  • How to set—and raise—the stakes of your novel
  • Simple methods for organizing your work in progress

In addition, this class will include a live workshop component where you can get feedback on the opening page of your novel from your class peers. While workshop participation is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged! To participate in the workshop, please bring the opening page of your novel draft (between 250-400 words) and be prepared to read it aloud to a small group of 4-6 people. We will make our best effort to group similar genres together.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You are just beginning the process of working on a novel.
  • You’re curious about what it takes to write a compelling novel that will keep your readers engaged from the get-go.
  • You are knee-deep in the process and want to hone your opening pages.
  • You have an idea for a novel, but don’t know where to start.

The deadline to register for this class is Wednesday, March 1 at 5:00 PM CST.

Instructors

Sara Kocek is the author of Promise Me Something (Albert Whitman, 2013) and the founder of Yellow Bird Editors, an Austin-based collective of independent editors and writing coaches. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where she taught fiction and poetry to undergraduates and worked as a full-time editorial intern at Random House and Penguin. Prior to pursuing her MFA, Sara graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale University, where she worked as Writing Fellow, tutoring undergraduate and graduate students in academic and creative writing.

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HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email the WLT staff at wlt@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform an hour before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.

Details

Date:
March 1, 2023
Time:
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CST
Cost:
$59.00 – $119.00
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Venue

Online via Zoom