Every November, hundreds of thousands of people around the world participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) — but only about 12% accomplish the goal of drafting a 50,000-word manuscript. This course will give you the tools you need to win NaNoWriMo, along with the support and encouragement to see you all the way to the finish line. Come November 30th, you’ll not only have the badge of honor that comes from completing this difficult task, you’ll have a solid novel draft to begin revising toward publication.
The rules are simple: Between November 1st and 30th, aspiring novelists must write 50,000 words (1,667 words per day). However, many find it difficult to sustain the necessary levels of creativity and energy, or encounter roadblocks in their manuscripts that cause them to abandon their projects. In class we’ll discuss organizational strategies to set yourself up for success and address any problems you encounter along the way. Each week, we’ll work on building character, plotting action, and refining style through exercises that will help sustain your momentum to craft the story you want to tell. We’ll also talk about how to revise and edit your manuscript in order to finally complete the novel you’ve always dreamed of writing.
10/26-11/30 no class 11/23
Zoom Meetings Monday 6:30pm-7:30pm
Registrations for this course end Friday October 23 at 10am
Duncan Whitmire is a writer (and NaNoWriMo winner) in South Portland, Maine. His stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Portland Magazine, Quarterly West, Colorado Review, and Hobart. Learn more: www.duncanwhitmire.com.
A laptop or a computer and internet access.