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Winter 2019: Writing a Novel in 8 Weeks

January 7, 2019 – February 18, 2019 7:00–9:00 p.m.  and Sunday, February 24 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (8 sessions)  Mondays, 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 24, 2019 Class


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January 7, 2019 – February 18, 2019 7:00–9:00 p.m.  and Sunday, February 24 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
(8 sessions)  Mondays, 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 24, 2019
Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
Instructor: Emily Chenoweth
For dedicated writers with some experience
Limited to 10 students

This is a boot-camp-style class designed for aspiring novelists who have a clear fictional project in mind and who can commit to a rigorous eight-week schedule of reading and writing. Through mini-lectures, in-class writing, and lots of workshopping, you will explore matters of storytelling (such as plotting and character development), craft (what makes a good sentence? a good scene?), and motivation (how in the world am I supposed to write a novel in only eight weeks?). You do not need permission to register, but you should have some prior experience in writing. And if you’ve got an outline for your planned novel, even better. Each participant will present work to the class for discussion four times.

Emily Chenoweth is the author of the novel Hello Goodbye (Random House), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and was named one of the top ten Northwest books of 2009 by The Oregonian. As a ghostwriter and cowriter, she’s penned a dozen other novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. A former English teacher and fiction editor at Publishers Weekly, Emily has also written for People, Self, Tin House, Portland Monthly, and Bookforum.

Previous students say:
“I absolutely loved this class and Emily and have written 82,00 words on a new novel.”
“Her class was a great kick in the pants to write more and better.”

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman. To apply, email Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at susan@literary-arts.org with your name, contact information, and list three classes in order of preference. Please note that preference is not guaranteed. All scholarships are subject to availability.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting.

If you need to cancel your registration for a writing or storytelling class, the following refund schedule applies:

• 3 days or more before a class, refunds will be issued, less a $35 processing fee.
• 3 days or more before class starts, if you prefer to convert your registration to a credit for an upcoming class, you can receive a tuition credit for an upcoming class for the full amount of your tuition, good for one year.
• 48 hours or less before a class begins, no refund or tuition credit is available.

If Literary Arts has to cancel a class, you will receive a full refund.