Novel Structure (Intermediate/Advanced - Weeklong PM) - Laura Brodie
Novels come in all forms: collections of interwoven stories, free-flowing streams of consciousness, epistolary epics. Whether you’re just starting a novel, or have a complete draft, this class is designed to help you discover the best structure for whatever story you want to tell.
Questions we’ll consider include: How many narrators do you want? Should your central narrative cover one summer, one year, one life? How much information can be moved to your back story? Given the full trajectory of your ideas, where should your novel begin?
Over the course of the week, we’ll examine a variety of structures in successful novels, and brainstorm multiple possibilities for our current projects. In addition, we’ll workshop excerpts from participants’ novels-in-progress, and share strategies for writing good query letters and finding an agent once your novel is ready.
Laura Brodie - photo credit Fran Fevrier, Images Out of the Ordinary
Laura Brodie is the author of four books—Breaking Out: VMI and the Coming of Women (Pantheon, 2001), Love in a Time of Homeschooling (Harper, 2010) and two novels published by Berkley Books, The Widow’s Season and All the Truth. Her work has been anthologized in The Bedford Introduction to Literature and featured in media outlets from The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, to The Diane Rehm Show and CNN. Her first novel, The Widow's Season, won the Pirate's Alley/Faulkner Society's 2005 award for Best Novel-in-Progress. Published in five languages, it was a bestseller in Germany, where it has been adapted into a screenplay for a feature film. She teaches at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.