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Monday, March 09, 2009

Basic Novel Writing class offered

Have you always wanted to write a novel, but aren’t sure how to begin?

Do you have a story that needs to be told, if only you could find the best way to tell it?

Have you been writing for years, but need help polishing the pieces into a finished product?

Whether you're new to writing or have already started on a novel, this class is for you.

Fuller will demystify the writing process. His courses are designed to give writers of all skill levels the ability to unlock their imagination and bring their stories to life.

Basic Novel Writing, presented by award-winning author and instructor Geoff Fuller, will be held on six Thursday nights from March 26 through April 30 (6:30 to 8:30 pm). The combination of lessons, writing exercises, and in-class critique will teach you all you need to know to get started on that novel you’ve always wanted to write. Classes are held in the Charleston Newspapers parking building conference center on Virginia Street in Charleston.

Fuller’s classes will teach the tricks and techniques that successful novelists use to write the kind of novel people will line up to read.

In Basic Novel Writing you'll discover:

  • Important differences between a notion and a viable idea for anovel,

  • Time-honored tricks to help you create memorable characters,

  • Required elements that will help you construct gripping plots,

  • Essential physical realities of writing a novel,

  • Simple techniques to help you craft realistic dialogue,

  • Advice that will help you paint vivid scenes with vigorous prose, and

  • Powerful words to employ (and weasel words to avoid) in your prose.

  • By the time you have completed Basic Novel Writing, your novel will be well underway!

    Along with the course, you’ll get to spend time in the company of other writers interested in penning a novel. (It’s like participating in a writing course and group therapy at the same time!)

    There’s free, lighted parking available just outside the classroom, and coffee and snacks are provided.

    Sign up now! The first five people to sign up for the course receive a $20 discount.

    Call 304.744.4556 or email to secure your place in the class. Geoff's classes fill quickly, and space is limited.

    Note to class participants only: In the past, many students have asked for extra critique, guidance, and mentoring. We are pleased to offer it this year. For an extra $35, you can have a personal, one-on-one session (a value of over $100) that includes detailed critique of your manuscript, advice about the plans for your novel, and suggestions for further work.