How to Build Your Novel
~ An editor and an author give you their insights
Saturday, May 7, 2022
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Online and accessible wherever there’s Internet.
In this workshop, we’ll work with you on creating the arc of your novel. Beyond giving you a how-to overview of plotting and story-telling, participants are invited to submit a one-page synopsis of a novel they have in process or have in mind. Your synopsis must be less than 500 words, and if it’s only 50 words – just a concept, not a synopsis – that’s fine.
Our plan is to share a couple of these with the group and see what suggestions we might make. And if you’ve got nothing, don’t sweat it; we’ll get you started on the spot.
Guest speaker Laurie Elizabeth Flynn is a former model who lives in London, Ontario, with her husband and their four children. Under the name L.E. Flynn, she is the author of three young adult novels: Firsts (Macmillan), Last Girl Lied To (Macmillan), and All Eyes On Her (Macmillan Imprint label).
Her adult fiction debut, The Girls Are All So Nice Here, was released by Simon and Schuster in the US and Canada in March 2021. In Canada, it went straight to the bestsellers list, and stayed there for two months. The Girls Are All So Nice has sold in 11 territories worldwide and been optioned for television by AMC. It’s available from Chapters (here) or from your favourite independent bookstore here.
When she’s not writing, you can likely find Laurie hiking in the woods, perusing thrift stores for vintage dresses, or bingeing on reality TV.
At the workshop, Laurie will talk about her process for plotting her novels and creating character arcs.
Visit Laurie’s website here.
Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada's most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published.
Read a review of Brian's various courses and workshops here (and scroll down).
Fee: $39.82 + hst = $45 advance payment only
To reserve a spot now, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See all of Brian’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.
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