Someone in the world deserves to read the novel that you’ll write. This is your year to invest in yourself and finally write a great novel.
Our novel writing course begins on January 9th. This is a fantastic resource that you don’t want to miss.
Writing a novel as a busy adult is difficult. It’s a giant
undertaking. It’s not something you instinctually know how to do.
This course has helped developing authors, just like you, to
accomplish giant projects.
The novel-writing 4-class series will cover a few important
Development – You have an idea for a novel, how do
you turn that into 50,000+ words? We’ll explore the structure of how stories
work, so that you can include all of the most important elements. With a little
help, you won’t feel like you’re stretching an idea, or like you’re trying to
cram too much in.
Successful books all share some common elements. We’ll show you what they are. Seriously, this will crack your head open. You won’t believe what you’ve been missing.
Organization – Writing a novel is a major project. We’ll
show you the strategies that professional authors use to keep their work in
order, so that they can effectively write large works.
Writing a novel efficiently takes 100 hours. Writing it
haphazardly will take hundreds more. We’ll help you keep the ducks in a row.
Execution – The fact is, you won’t always feel
excited about writing your novel. The project is just too big. But it’s an
important project, and it’s important that you finish it. We’ll provide
techniques and strategies that keep the process manageable, so that you can
make big progress even when you’re not in the mood.
We’re going to cover all of this in just four weeks. You
will leave the class with a completely different perspective on your novel
project, and you’ll be ready to take care of business.
All classes are offered live online on Thursday evening. If you need to miss a class (or all of them), you can also watch the recorded video for up to 7 days following each class.
The cost of this 4-week course is $299 for OWA members ($349 for non-members).
Receive the guidance and support you need to complete a novel manuscript. The Ohio Writers’ Association will provide a 4-week intensive class, coupled with a 12-month support system for first-time novelists. Log into your account and navigate to “Register for Classes” to register now.
The month of November is almost over, which means that a significant portion of your writing community is hitting the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) wall. No disrespect to NaNo, but writing a novel in a month is a serious challenge. We have nothing but love and respect for those who pull it off, but for many of us, it may not be reasonable to crank out a novel that quickly, at least not with any expectation that the thing will be worth reading.
What if instead of writing a novel in a month, you make 2019 your novel writing year? (“NaNoWriYe” if you will?) We are offering a 4-week novel writing course in January, followed by a monthly support group check-in for the remaining 11 months. In December, we’ll celebrate all of the complete novels. We think this is a more realistic goal, and with some guidance and support you can draft a great novel that’s worth writing.
This course will be taught by OWA President Brad Pauquette. Brad is an experienced developmental editor, with a client list that includes New York Times bestselling authors and professional athletes. He’s been working with new authors to develop award-winning books since 2009.
Over the 4-week course we’ll cover the fundamentals of crafting an effective novel, practical tools for organizing and executing your project, methods for time management and writing discipline, and narrative technique. You’ll be equipped with the tools to proceed into your project with confidence.
For the support sessions, February through November, we’ll check in once per month to evaluate progress, tackle questions that might arise, and you’ll find solidarity with your classmates. In December, we’ll meet to celebrate our finished manuscripts.
Class participants will also receive two one-on-one support sessions with the course instructor over the course of the program.
In order to complete this class and draft a novel, you’ll need to be prepared to devote 3-4 hours per week to writing independently, in addition to the classroom instruction time.
Writing a novel is difficult. Regardless of your writing skill, it takes an exceptional amount of perseverance and forbearance. This class will give you the tools, motivation, and accountability to complete the project.
This class will be offered in Zanesville, Ohio and in Columbus, Ohio, as well as online.
The price of the class is $499. OWA Writer and Patron members save $30. Register by December 15th to save an additional $20. Class space is limited. We’re committed to small classes, even for the online group, so don’t wait to register.
4-WEEK INSTRUCTIONAL CLASS: *Note: Due to a scheduling conflict with our classroom facility, these dates have been updated. In Columbus – Wednesday evening, 6:30pm-9:30pm, January 9, 16, 23 and 30 – at the Ohio University Pickerington Center, 12933 Stonecreek Dr, Pickerington, OH 43147
In Zanesville – Saturday afternoons, 1pm-4pm, January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 – Columbus Publishing Lab Headquarters, 47 N. 4th St., Zanesville, OH 43701
Online (Live in Zanesville/Interactive on Saturday afternoons. Recorded classes can be watched for 7 days. Provided via Zoom, which is compatible with all computers, tablets, and phones.)
In Columbus (Wednesday evenings, 4th Wednesday of each month)
Zanesville & Web Participants (Saturday afternoons, 4th Saturday of each month)
I can’t make all of the support groups, what should I do?
You’re welcome to take the classes, and come to the support groups as you’re able. We recognize that a year is a long time to schedule out, and you may take a vacation, change work schedules, etc. over the course of the year. These support sessions are for your benefit, so just do your best.
Can I switch support sessions?
If you need to come sometimes to the Zanesville and other times to the Columbus support session, or join via the web, that’s OK. Just let us know ahead of time.
How do I connect to the online courses?
Online courses will be provided via Zoom. Learn more at Zoom.us. It’s easy to connect and participate. Specific instructions will be sent to individuals who register for the class. You can connect to a Zoom class with virtually any computer, phone, or tablet device.
Can I ask questions if I take the course online?
Yes! Taking the class online is just like taking the class in-person, just so you’re watching live. If you watch the recordings of the classes instead of the live class, you of course won’t be able to ask questions and interact.