Online: Year of the Novel – Phase Three
8 x Tuesdays: 15, 22, 29 September; 13, 20, 27 October; 3, 10 November, 6:30-7:30pm, online
Full Price: $970; Member: $680; Conc Member: $580
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In this eight-week online writing workshop acclaimed author Emily Maguire will give you the tools, support and encouragement you need to plan, edit and write your novel.
Please note that while the three phases are designed to build on each other, each may also be taken as a stand-alone unit. See the details of what has been previously covered in this course here.
Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ before enrolling>>
Phase Three: Nip, tuck, primp and preen.
This is where we take a long hard look at your very good novel and figure out how to make it brilliant. We’ll cut the fat, plump up the too-lean bits, polish the language and do whatever else is necessary to ensure your novel is ready to face the world.
1. Revision and editing basics
Learning to read like an editor. We’ll also talk about the difference between structural, line and copy-editing.
2. What’s missing?
Every novel-in-progress has weak points and this week we’re going to confront yours head on. Whether it’s a weak antagonist, a giant plot line or dodgy dialogue we’ll work one-on-one to pin-point your problems and come up with strategies to fix them.
3. What needs to go?
You’ve done a lot of work since you first began this writing journey. Now it’s time to go back and pull out the stuff you no longer need. We’ll get out the scissors and ruthlessly cut out all those no-longer necessary explanations, descriptions and conversations.
It may seem a bit late to be talking about beginnings, but it’s often only once you’re close to the end that you can see where you should have begun! This week is all about making sure your novel starts where and how it needs to (and that you know where it’s going).
Endings are tough, but we’re going to be tough right back at them! We’ll talk finales, climaxes, cliffhangers, epilogues, the difference between an open-ending and no-ending at all.
6. Word by word
This week we go micro considering the rhythm and flow of sentences and hunting down filter words, cliches and clumsy constructions.
7. Over to you
This week’s content will be determined by the needs and concerns of the students, and will include a significant amount of one-on-one time with the tutor for each student.
8. Where do we go from here?
Freelance editors, manuscript assessment, agents, publishers, competitions and more.
This course will run online. Reliable internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this course. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.
You should have a novel-in-progress. If you’re not sure if your novel is at the right stage for this course, read over the different topics above to determine if you think you will benefit. You can also contact us with any questions before enrolling.
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About the tutor
Emily Maguire is the author of five novels and three non-fiction books, and an experienced teacher and mentor to young and emerging writers. Her novels have been translated into 12 languages and her articles, essays and reviews have been published widely. She is a 2010 and 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year and […]