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Novel Foundations with Joseph Scapellato

$330.00 · November 1

In this five-session course, you’ll explore a series of important foundational elements of novel-writing—and you’ll actively apply these elements on the page.

Start Date

November 1

Class Times

6:30pm – 9:00pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Tuesday

Sessions

5

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$330

In stock

Description

Are you looking to begin writing a novel, but feeling uncertain about how and where to start?

If you’ve already begun writing a novel, are you finding the process to be more-than-occasionally bewildering and/or overwhelming?

If so, then Novel Foundations is for you!

In this five-session course, you’ll explore a series of important foundational elements of novel-writing—and you’ll actively apply these elements on the page. Every class session will feature a combination of discussion, lively examples of contemporary published fiction, and an interactive set of writing exercises designed to give you practice with helpful techniques and to get you generating pages of your novel.

The goal is for you to walk out of this class feeling that you’re standing on a solid foundation—loaded up with a wealth of ideas, approaches, and freshly written passages that you can immediately put to use in your novel project.

Week One
We’ll explore a handful of planning and “anti-planning” strategies, and take a close look at how certain novel openings work.

Week Two
We’ll examine two of the most foundational moves in fiction: scene and summary. Then we’ll take a crack at dialogue.

Week Three
We’ll discuss plot and shape, and then character and desire—forces that can be used to make fiction move.

Week Four
We’ll work through a series of generative concepts—techniques to help you keep making meaningful pages throughout the entirety of a novel.

Week Five
In our last class, you’ll have the opportunity to share first pages, after which we’ll have a frank conversation about next steps.

About Joseph Scapellato

Joseph Scapellato is the author of the novel The Made-Up Man (2019) and the story collection Big Lonesome (2017). He was born in the suburbs of Chicago and earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University. His work appears in Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Post Road, and other places, and has been anthologized in 40 Stories, Gigantic Worlds: Science Flash Fiction, and The Best Innovative Writing. Joseph is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Bucknell University and lives in Lewisburg, PA, with his wife, daughter, and dog. He's been teaching classes at StoryStudio Chicago since 2015.