2012 Workshops and Faculty

Novel: Start to Finish (Weeklong PM - Level: All) – Jesse Lee Kercheval

Writing a novel can be the very definition of a "lonely business." Even close family and dear friends tend to run when you approach with your stack of pages. This workshop is designed to give encouragement, support, and practical advice to writers at all stages of novel writing. Whether you are just starting, are stuck in the middle, or trying to gather the perspective needed to revise, this workshop will help provide the energy and knowledge you need to write a novel, start to finish.

For the class, we will read a chapter or two by each person and discuss her or his book as a work-in-progress, with plenty of encouragement. We'll also look at sample chapters from published novels to learn what makes a successful beginning, middle and end. In addition, each participant will have an individual conference with me to talk about their writing, the writing life, and their plans for their novel.

Jesse Lee Kercheval

Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of 12 books of fiction, poetry and nonfiction including Brazil, winner of the Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Contest; The Alice Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; Space, a memoir which won an Alex Award from the American Library Association; the novel The Museum of Happiness, and the writing text Building Fiction. Her latest novel, My Life as a Silent Movie, is forthcoming from the University of Indiana Press. She is the Sally Mead Hands Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin where she was the founding director of the MFA program. She currently divides her time between Montevideo, Uruguay and Madison, Wisconsin.