Instructor: Lisa Carey
Date & Time:
Saturday, September 16 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location:
USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level:
Open
Maximum Attendees:
12
Fee:
Member: $45 | Nonmember: $100
Registration Closes: September 11


No matter how different they appear on the outside, every novel has the same anatomy. From Leo Tolstoy’s work to Margaret Atwood’s, Charles Dickens’s to Toni Morrison’s, every great novel can be stripped down to basic elements. Just as the twenty-six letters of the alphabet provide infinite possibility to language, the essential elements of a novel can be arranged in endless variations to breathe new life into the form.

In this workshop geared toward novel writers at every stage of the process, attendees will learn how to recognize a novel’s anatomy, its brain, heart, bones, and blood—point of view and voice, plot and subplot, image patterning, and theme—in modern and classic examples, and understand how the author uses them to create a unique narrative.

Attendees will participate in writing exercises to reveal the brain, heart, bones, and blood in their own work, and learn time-honored techniques for how to perfect the body of their own unique story.

In the end, attendees will discover how to recognize these organs (or their absence) in their own work, how to use them to avoid the novel’s muddy middle, and how to assemble them to create a world so nuanced and believable that the reader will not be able to escape from it long after the last page is turned.


Lisa Carey is the author of five novels, which have been translated into a dozen languages and optioned for film. She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Book Award and a Lambda Literary Award, and her current novel, The Stolen Child, has received critical acclaim in Ireland and the UK, as well as the US. She divides her time between Portland, Maine and Inishbofin, Ireland. VISIT lisacareybooks.com


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NOVEL ANATOMY




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The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on September 4 at 9:00 a.m.
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