Writing the Unreal: The Whole Novel Workshop in Fantasy & Speculative Fiction October 2020

  • Highlights Foundation Highlights Foundation
  • Pocono Mountains Municipal, Coolbaugh Township, PA, USA
  • Oct 4 - 11, 2020 (8 days)

About This Event

Join Us To:

Have the entire draft of your fantasy or speculative fiction novel read and critiqued prior to the workshop. Have a one-on-one meeting with your mentor to further discuss your manuscript and map out a revision plan. Hear lectures on craft and the marketplace. Make connections with fellow writers. Have time to write or revise.

What You'll Learn:

Before you arrive at the workshop, faculty will have read the entire draft of your novel and sent you a detailed editorial letter along with a marked-up manuscript. They read your manuscripts very carefully and respond thoroughly in order to help you make your novel what it wants to be.

At the workshop, you will:

Have a one-on-one meeting with your mentor to further discuss your manuscript and map out a plan for revision.

Have free time to write or revise.

Make additional appointments with the faculty or teaching assistants.

Hear lectures on craft and publishing and discussions on writing and the marketplace.

Make connections with fellow writers.

Please note that there is an application process for this workshop.

To apply, you will need to submit:

10-15 pages from the manuscript you wish to workshop

A synopsis

The current status of your manuscript with word count

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting June 30. You will be notified of your acceptance status as your application is reviewed by the faculty. If you are accepted, you can register and turn in your full manuscript by August 15.

Attend If:

You write children’s or YA fantasy, alternate history, science fiction, magical realism, paranormal romance, fairy tale retellings or horror. These are your people: come and join them!

You have a complete or near-complete draft of a middle grade or young adult novel in fantasy or speculative fiction. You’ll get the most out of this workshop if you’re at this stage. You need to be ready to workshop it in earnest, and eager to get it ready for agents/publishers.

You’re willing to work! This program is best for those who will dedicate time and attention to the writing exercises and the feedback they receive about revision.

You would benefit from receiving multiple feedback perspectives. In addition to a whole-novel review, you will receive feedback from our teaching assistants, and TA's will also be leading round table critiques.

You're an alum of our other novel courses. If you've taken any of these other workshops, this course may be of special interest: Novel Beginnings; Getting to Know Your Novel; Books with Bite; Retell, Revisit, Reimagine; Fairy Tales Revisited; Anti-heroes and Villains; Beginners Class in World Building and World Conjuring.

Agenda

Day 1

Afternoon

Arrival & check in

Evening

Appetizers & dinner

After dinner: Introductions

Day 2

Morning

Breakfast

One-to-one conferences with lead faculty

Afternoon

Lunch

Craft conversations

Evening

Appetizers & dinner

Day 3

Morning

Breakfast

Writing time and/or faculty conferences

Afternoon

Lunch

Breakout sessions

Evening

Appetizers & dinner

Day 4

Morning

Breakfast

Writing time and/or faculty conferences

Afternoon

Lunch

Breakout sessions

Evening

Appetizers & dinner

Day 5

Morning

Breakfast

Writing time and/or faculty conferences

Afternoon

Lunch

Breakout sessions

Evening

Appetizers & dinner

Day 6

Morning

Breakfast

Writing time and/or faculty conferences

Afternoon

Lunch

Editor breakout sessions

Evening

Appetizers & dinner

Day 7

Morning

Breakfast

One-to-one conferences with lead faculty

Afternoon

Lunch

Wrap-up workshop to discuss revision plans

Evening

Appetizers & dinner

After dinner: readings

Day 8

Morning

Brunch and departure

Resources

Laura Ruby talks about what to expect at the workshop.

Author Interview: Anne Ursu

Celebrating Laura Ruby

Podcast: Christina Heppermann and Deborah Kovacs on Writing the Unreal

8 Articles to Help You Write a Kidlit Novel

Tranform Introspection into Dialogue

Eulogy Virtues

Testimonials

"Anne and Laura are honest, encouraging, illuminating and excellent teachers. They saw things I hadn't and gave me tools to use with this work, but also with other work I'll do in the future. It's hard to express how grateful I am to both of them for the week we've spent together. I'll always treasure what I've learned here and how I've grown as a writer."

"The faculty were amazing! Thorough and nurturing with their feedback, accessible during meals and for scheduling chats, and flexible when hiccups invariably arose. In addition to the wonderful craft advice and wisdom I got throughout the week, I also received valuable insight on publishing and agents."

"The guest speakers were lovely, accessible and thorough with their feedback and guidance."

Scholarships Available

Three scholarships are available for this workshop:

Full tuition

Half tuition

Partial tuition

Application deadline is July 16, 2020. Scholarships will be announced August 15, 2020.

Click here to apply!

For more information about scholarships, click here.


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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