Instructor: Jaimee Wriston Colbert
Date & Time:
Saturday, June 17 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location:
Belfast Free Library
Level:
Open
Maximum Attendees:
12
Fee:
Member: $45 | Nonmember: $100


What are the first steps toward transforming an idea into a novel? Can a short story be expanded into a novel? How does one structure the rest of a novel after writing the first chapter?

This workshop will present strategies to help participants gain momentum in writing a novel and explore ways to structure a novel-in-progress to propel their story forward. The basics of novel writing will be examined, including: scene building, character complexity, movement in time, creating tension and story arc, and ways to hook readers in.

Colbert will give writing prompts to generate new material, which will be shared for instructor and group feedback. At the end of the workshop, if time allows, the class will discuss participants’ ideas for beginning their novels, or their novels-in-progress, along with common problems, such as writing block, the first fifty pages “death-trap,” and other novelistic concerns.


Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of five books: the recently-released Wild Things, a collection of linked stories; the novel Shark Girls, finalist for the USA Book News Best Books of 2010 and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year; the linked stories Dream Lives of Butterflies, winner of the Independent Publishers Award for story collections; Climbing the God Tree, a novel-in-stories, winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize, and Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile, winner of the Zephyr Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, New Letters, and Prairie Schooner, and broadcast on “Selected Shorts.” She was the 2012 recipient of the Ian MacMillan Fiction Prize for “Things Blow Up,” a story in her new collection. Other stories won the Jane’s Stories Award and the Isotope Editor’s Prize. Her new novel Vanishing Acts, is forthcoming in 2018. She is a former Rockport, Maine resident, and is now Professor of English and Creative Writing at SUNY, Binghamton University.


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