The Workshops: Novel

June 25–July 1, 2016

The Novel Workshop

Experience five and a half intense days devoted to your novel and making it work. This workshop is like no other. Dedicated teachers have designed an original approach that examines your novel globally and locally, from the ideas to the structure to the very sentences. Workshop participants will learn how to pull out structure to isolate plot, character, theme, and movement. This provides a new way to brainstorm toward revision. The group will meet as a whole as well as in smaller units that will rotate through the trio of instructors. We work all day, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at least. In addition to carefully reading every manuscript, Greg Michalson, publisher of Unbridled Books, meets individually with each writer for an hour.

Whether writing literary or genre fiction, the best participant for this workshop is someone who is serious and committed.

Requirements: Writers submit 100 double-spaced pages of their manuscript to be workshopped, plus a 300-500 word synopsis.

New this year: a one-on-one workshop with an individual instructor for writers who want to workshop 150-350 pages. For the first three days, the writer works with an individual instructor, then jumps into the group workshop. Limited availability.

Comments from 2015 Workshop participants:

“I felt like I was at a literary oasis where established writers were helping me with so many different aspects of my novel—structure, voice, the first five pages, conflict, marketing…it was non-stop, it was amazing!”

“The Kenyon Review Novel Workshop stands out from other writing workshops because the sessions are highly structured and participants receive individualized attention from hardworking faculty who are both excellent writers/editors and skilled teachers. The Kenyon Review Novel Workshop helped me transform a tangle of narrative strands into a powerful story.”

“The 2015 Kenyon Review Novel Workshop was a deal-changer for me as a writer. I have attended writing conferences and graduate level workshops. This novel workshop was not like any of those workshops. Instead of getting critiques on only a few pages of my manuscript from other aspiring writers, I received feedback from several highly competent professionals. The plot structure of my entire novel was broken down and rebuilt to be stronger. The workshop was worth every dime, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about getting their novel-in-progress to the point of being publication-ready.”

This class is limited to 12 participants. Application deadline is April 4, 2016. Those interested in the additional individual workshop should apply as soon as possible. Application site opens in January 2015. The application consists of the online application form, a resume, 100 double-spaced pages of a manuscript to be workshopped, and a 300-500 word synopsis. The workshop is directed by Nancy Zafris, with the help of other published novelists.

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