Before you hire an agent or sign a publishing contract, you have to write a good novel. This takes two things: talent and craft. Talent is something you’re born with, but craft can be learned. The NovelCram curriculum is designed for fiction writers of all kinds, literary, commercial, mystery, romance and action-adventure. It takes you deep into the craft of novel-writing from first chapter to final sentence. Beginning with a one-on-one opportunity to vet and craft your idea with a seasoned author, editor and teacher, the NovelCram weekend hones in on plot and scene structure, dramatic development, character development, dialog, pacing, narrative drive and much more. If you want to avoid the mistakes first-time novelists make, if you think you’re ready for publication, if you’ve finished a first or second draft or had your manuscript rejected one time too many, if you’re new to the game and want to start strong: NovelCram is perfect for you and an investment in the your career as a novelist.
NovelCram: Building the Better Book consists of the following sessions:
- Goals, Orientation and Organization
- Prewriting the Practice Novel
- Plotting the Novel
- Chapter One
- Character Construction
- Scene, Dialogue and Conflict
- Read and Critique of Chapter One
- Completing the Novel
If you’re ready to Cram, bring pen and paper (laptop computer highly recommended), snacks, and plenty of water. You’re going to write!
Staffed by Drusilla Cambell
Drusilla Campbell is the author of more than fourteen novels, most recently the best sellers Blood Orange, The Good Sister, and Little Girl Gone. For more than twenty years she has taught classes, seminars and workshops designed for the writer who wants to be successful in today’s challenging market without sacrificing literary quality. Through NovelCraft, a manuscript consulting service, she assists novelists at all stages of the creative process. As a motivational speaker, her personal story of success-to failure-and-back-to-success has inspired hundreds of writers to stick to their dreams. Her latest novel is When She Came Home (Grand Central Publishing).