Getting to Know Your Novel 2019

About This Event

Give your novel the special attention it deserves with this long-form workshop: an activity-based web series paired with a guided writing retreat.

We’d like to invite you to spend the first 3 months of 2019 workshopping your novel (either complete or in-progress) in this unique program led by author and writing teacher Sarah Aronson, with support from several teaching assistants.

Part 1: Weekly Sessions in a Web Classroom


You’ll attend weekly sessions in a web classroom with Sarah and her teaching assistants. She will:

Outline ways to deepen your understanding of plot, character and revision.

Host online discussions and respond to questions.

Post writing exercises, lectures and videos.

Check in with each student via email weekly, to answer questions and give direction.

Schedule two phone calls with each student during this period.

Part 1 Notes:

You can participate in the web classroom at your leisure—no need to attend at a specific time.

During the online portion, you will be submitting excerpts of your novel as needed, for feedback.

Part 2: Writing and Revising On Your Own


You’ll apply all you learned in Part 1 to your novel–finishing up your draft, or your revision, in preparation for your in-person visit to our Retreat Center.

Part 2 Notes:

Sarah will be available via phone or email to answer further questions and offer support.

By March 15, you will submit up to 50 pages of your novel, plus a chapter-by-chapter synopsis, so that the team can get ready for your in-person critique.

Sarah and the TA’s will be reading up to 50 pages and your synopsis.

Part 3: In-person Workshop at our Retreat Center

April 7-11

Bring your novel to our Retreat Center, where the team will mentor you through your next round of revisions.

Part 3 Notes:

Each morning will kick off with a general session of lectures and writing exercises.

Afternoons are reserved for writing and one-on-one critique sessions.

Each night will end with a chance for you to share your work with faculty and peers.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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