Thinking about Novel in a Year? Just want to get your book out of your head and onto the page? You just might need a little Six-Month Spark to get you ready!

Whether you are ready to take your novel idea to the next level or you’re already writing but need support and accountability, this six-month program is designed to get you writing and keep you writing! We’ll turn those sparks of inspiration into scenes, chapters, and drafts to prepare you for success in the long haul that is finishing your novel. With craft talks and discussions, interactive writing activities and assignments, and plenty of workshop opportunities, this six-month cohort will give you everything you need to take your work to the next level.


This six-month class is open to all genres and will meet twice a month:

  1. One monthly class session will be devoted to craft discussions and generative in-class writing exercises.
  2. The second monthly class session will focus on workshop opportunities and revision activities.

No applications necessary. First come, first served for registration. Maximum of 12 students.


Specific topics covered during class include:

  • Characters and Characterization
  • Creating and Maintaining Dramatic Tension
  • Establishing Setting to Support Plot
  • Opening and Closing Chapters
  • Narrative Voice and Point of View
  • Revision as Writing, Writing as Revision
  • Outlining Your Novel for the Road Ahead

By the end of our time together, writers will have developed the voices and scenes that bring stories to life on the page and firmly established a focused, responsive, and productive strategy to getting their story on the page.

This program also includes a one-on-one half hour meeting with the instructor outside of class time. Prior to this meeting, students can submit up to 30 pages of manuscript for one-on-one critique, line edits, and comprehensive verbal feedback. Students may also use this meeting time for personalized strategy discussion or planning.


Including, but not limited to:

  • Novelists who are in the beginning stages of their projects, or in the middle, who want to develop their ideas and pages further.
  • Novelists who want to prepare for one of our Novel in a Year programs.
  • Novelists who have taken a previous course with us (Creative Writing Essentials, Jumpstart Your Novel, Over the Hump, etc.)


Teaching Artists
The instructors for our Advanced Courses are rockstars. They are dedicated members of the literary community who are actively publishing novels, memoirs, and collections.

Though time and space can be in short supply, having a friendly and encouraging cohort will help you meet those word count goals and deadlines. It’s quite a motivator!

Cohort & Community
Who said you have to go it alone? Taking continuous classes with the same cohort of students will give you the chance build strong and lasting bonds, participate in the community, and be listed as a StoryStudio VIP student with “first chance” opportunities for future classes.

Meet Editors and Authors
In addition to your wonderful instructor, visiting authors and editors will come to class, providing invaluable advice and insights.

Manuscript Review
You’ll get clear and professional advice with a manuscript review; an author letter with ideas and suggestions and comments; and a private meeting.