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If You’ve Ever Wanted to Write a Novel…

Now is the time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)!

We have several fall classes to help you achieve your dream! Register today and start your journey to write, publish and promote what might just be the next great American novel.

FICTION WRITER’S WORKSHOP (LLA 0255-001): Designed for every level of writer seeking to develop the tools for short stories or novels, this workshop combines writing exercises and sharing your work. You will gain an understanding of how to shape a compelling story. Gain the tools to unlock the story that’s inside you. Expect to write and receive verbal critiques of a piece of up to 5,000 words. Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., 9/5-10/10.

PUBLISH IT YOURSELF WORKSHOP (LLA 0104): Start down the road toward making money from your writing by building self-sufficiency as a digital publisher and become a published author in six weeks. Using the leading self-publishing system and best-selling resources you will be guided through the process of developing your words and pictures from an idea into a published work that will generate royalties within days. Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 10/5-11/30.

THE BOOK MARKETING WORKSHOP (LLA 0109): You’ve written your first book. Now what?Learn the basics of book promotion—pricing, promotion, placement and more—using the world’s global bookstore, Amazon.com, and other channels. Write a compelling book description and author bio, refine your search engine effectiveness with pinpoint categorization and keywords, build your marketing plan, and learn from your peers. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 10/14.

FICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP: NOVELS AND SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGIES (LLA 0355): Are you ready to take your draft novel or short story to the next level? You will receive verbal feedback on one story or novel chapter of up to 5,000 words and begin editing to create chapter beginnings and endings that will keep readers engaged. You will learn how to develop an appropriately sized cast of characters, plots, subplots and action, and how to tackle continuity of locations, characters and names. Finally, you will discuss working with editors, beta-readers, agents and how to self-publish. Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., 10/17-12/5.

WRITE A NOVEL IN 30 DAYS WORKSHOP: THE NANOWRIMO CHALLENGE (LLA 0248): Writing a novel is a momentous achievement that can take years of work. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges you to create your first draft in thirty days. Is this possible? Yes! Take the express route to achieving your authoring dreams with this accelerated novel workshop. We will review novel elements, participate in group critiques, experiment with creative writing exercises, and take advantage of in-class novel writing time. Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 10/25-12/6.

FINISH YOUR NOVEL WORKSHOP (LLA 0235): Writers who have begun a novel are invited to present and get feedback from others in the same boat! Discuss elements of your novel, engage in group writing exercises, and experience the encouragement to get that unfinished masterpiece back on track! We will also briefly look at the process of preparing your manuscript for submission to agents and publishers. Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 11/28-12/12.

Register online or call 847.925.6300.

The Writing Studio Hosts Free Write-In Sessions for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo):

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH (NANOWRIMO) COME WRITE IN (LLA 0249): We’ll help you complete your NaNoWriMo writing challenge by providing an open classroom for you to use on Friday nights and Saturday mornings throughout November. Bring your laptop (free Wifi available) or pen and paper and use our space to add to your word count. This open, non-instructional workspace is available to you on these dates: Fridays, 11/3-12/1, 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays, 11/4-12/2, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Note: no Write-Ins on 11/24 and 11/25 (campus closed). Come in as long and as often as you wish. FREE! Building Y, Room Y 120.


Details about these and all our writing courses are in the August-December CE Course Schedule.

Click here to learn more about all the courses and programs offered by The Writing Studio at Harper College CE.


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