Beginning Novel-in-Progress (All Levels - Weeklong PM) - Frank Huyler
Novels take an enormous amount of work and commitment, and usually are written by people juggling professional and personal responsibilities distinct from their writing lives. This workshop will focus not only on the usual elements of craft, but also on practical techniques to help people finish manuscripts in the face of time constraints, distractions, and the need to pay the bills.
The rules for useful workshops are few, but include reading each other’s work with care, providing feedback that is both honest and clear, and treating each other respectfully. We will spend as much time as possible discussing submitted work; workshop members will be asked to provide brief written responses to the work scheduled for discussion at the beginning of each session.
Frank Huyler is the author of the nonfiction collection The Blood of Strangers (UC Press/Henry Holt/Picador), two novels--The Laws of Invisible Things, (Henry Holt/Picador) and Right of Thirst ( HarperPerennial)—as well as the forthcoming Byliner Originals Boxing and Leukemia and The Castaway. His poems and essays have appeared in a variety of publications including The American Scholar, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Georgia Review, and Columbia Journal among others. He is a regular columnist on healthcare issues for The New York Daily News. His work has been optioned for film and translated widely.