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Novel Foundations with Toya Wolfe

$330.00 · January 19

In this Novel Foundations class, we’ll mine your visions to flesh out that story. Each week, we’ll approach a specific area such as character, place, voice, structure, and you’ll make some decisions and progress toward a first draft.

Then, in the final weeks, we’ll talk about revision techniques -because you will have generated 20-25 pages that you will receive feedback on and you can revise.

Start Date

January 19

Day(s) of the Week

Thursday

Class Times

6:30pm – 9:00pm CT

Sessions

5

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$330

In stock

Description

In the beginning, you’ve got a kernel of an idea; maybe there’s a character who’s been bopping around your head. Perhaps you keep returning to a very specific place. It’s also possible that you have no idea who’ll populate this book nor where things will happen, but you have a great story idea!

In this Novel Foundations class, we’ll mine your visions to flesh out that story. Each week, we’ll approach a specific area such as character, place, voice, structure, and you’ll make some decisions and progress toward a first draft.

Then, in the final weeks, we’ll talk about revision techniques -because you will have generated 20-25 pages that you will receive feedback on and you can revise.

While this class mainly focuses on getting that story idea out of your head and onto the page, in our final workshop, we will also practice talking about your story to others, pitching to industry professionals, and your writing identity.

All of these pieces work in concert to take your story idea or the beginning of the book you’ve already started, and turn it into a strong first draft that you can continue to tighten until it’s ready to go out to industry professionals.


We are able to offer a limited amount of both 50% scholarships for our multi-week classes and 100% scholarships for our single-session classes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students may receive one scholarship per term. Click here to apply for a scholarship spot.

About Toya Wolfe


Toya Wolfe grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago’s South Side. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Her writing has appeared in African Voices, Chicago Journal, Chicago Reader, Hair Trigger 27, and WarpLand. She is the recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston-Bessie Head Fiction Award, the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Short Story Competition, and the Betty Shifflet/John Schultz Short Story Award. She currently resides in Chicago. Last Summer on State Street is her debut novel.