Is that novel you’ve talked about forever still sitting back burner or hidden in a drawer? Are you well along in the process but stuck, not really sure how to proceed? Or do you have a lot of bits and pieces started without a clue of how to move forward?
Now the author of six novels, Deborah Reed still remembers those feelings, of wanting to write a novel, of working on one, but not really working smart. She helps writers move forward more effectively.
Reed will offer a ten-week novel writing workshop, beginning March 21, 2018. The class will meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Interested writers will need to apply. See instructions below for information on how to apply.
This workshop will cover the importance of effective structure, rhythm, pacing, and texture, with an emphasis on finding your book through exploring voice, viewpoint, and characterization. We will also cover the more elusive and finer sensibilities of depth, meaning, theme, and nuance where the emotional ties of a novel pull the reader in, keep her turning the page, and cause her senses to resonate with its worth long after the final page has been turned.
Most importantly, each student will be guided according to his or her own vision and needs. You will be provided with instructor feedback on submitted workshopped pages, including a summarized statement, as well as written feedback on your pages from fellow writers. Each writer will have the opportunity to submit pages twice, at a minimum, during the ten weeks, depending on the size of the group.
Deborah is the author of four literary novels, most recently, The Days When Birds Come Back, published January, 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her other novels include Olivay, a Bustle magazine pick of the year for 2015; Things We Set on Fire, which sold over 100K copies in the first six months; and Carry Yourself Back to Me, an Amazon Editor Pick of the year for 2011. She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun.
Deborah holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She teaches creative writing at workshops around the U.S. and in Europe. She lives on the Oregon coast.
The cost of the workshop is $350 per person. Your acceptance email will include detailed information on registration and requirements including one pre-first class assignment for the course (a one-page synopsis of your novel.)
To Apply For the Workshop:
- Please submit a writing sample of no more than ten pages, double-spaced.
- All submissions must be received by February 25, 2018 to be considered.
- No more than ten people will be accepted, so please apply early.