Novel Jumpstart

03/07/2021 - 04/03/2021


Charlotte Lit's Zoom Room 1

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This studio takes place asynchronously over four weeks using the Wet Ink platform, from Sunday, March 7, to Saturday, April 3.There will be two optional live Zoom meetings, Monday, March 8 & 29, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Writing a novel is hard, but it's work worth doing. For a first-timer, the most difficult part is not knowing what you’re doing. This four-week, mostly-asynchronous studio will help you decide if you want to write a novel, and if so, make that journey much less fraught. Through recorded lectures, readings, online discussions, and short assignments, we will examine the structures of stories, protagonists and their journeys, story worlds, story time, genre, point of view — and the habit, discipline, and support needed to get it done. If you've ever wondered if there's a novel in you, this course will help you answer that question and give you the basic tools you need to start.

About the Instructors:

Megan Rich is the author of two books, a YA novel and a travel memoir. She’s currently revising her third book, a literary-fiction novel inspired by The Great Gatsby. Meg is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she participated in a highly-selective creative writing program, and is a recent graduate of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop Book Project Program in Denver, Colorado. She has taught creative writing for twelve years, working with students of all ages and in all genres. Meg pioneered Charlotte Lit's weekly Pen to Paper writing group and serves as a coach in Charlotte Lit’s Authors Lab program.

Charlotte Lit co-founder Paul Reali is a writer and editor, and co-lead of Charlotte Lit’s Authors Lab. He is the author of Creativity Rising, and editor of more than a dozen books and journals on the subject of creativity. His writing has been published in the Winston-Salem Journal, InSpine, Office Solutions, and Lawyers Weekly, among others. His fiction has won the Elizabeth Simpson Smith and Ruth Moose Flash Fiction competitions, and he received a Regional Artist Project Grant from Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council in 2018. Paul has an M.S. in Creativity from SUNY Buffalo State, where he also the managing editor of ICSC Press.