Novel Workshop

(3 months)

Currently, this workshop is online via Zoom. Minimal enrolment is four writers with a cap at six writers. We gather for a three-hour workshop (includes short break) every other week for three (3) months.

You are wanting to begin a book-length manuscript and need that big initial push, or you’re already in the midst of wrestling with it and would like some objective eyes to help you step back and get a bit of clarity and insight. If you desire constructive discussion of your work from a bestselling author and a small group of similarly focused (perhaps obsessed might be a better word) peers, as well as a chance to offer your own, this is your workshop. A seasoned veteran with keen insight into publishing, Joseph also offers valuable knowledge of that world. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to talk about the publishing process: how to know when you’re ready to share your novel or collection, how to find the right literary agent as well as approach that agent with your manuscript, and lots of other sage advice to better your chances of getting your work out into the world.  The Novel Workshop introduces you to other writers focussed on the same goals. Why not create new working friendships that will carry on beyond the workshop?

Novel Workshop Dates

Starts: Saturday, November 20, 2021,

1 – 3 pm EST

Dates are: November 20, December 4 & 18 (then a three-week break). And continues January 8 & 22 and February 5.

What it includes:

  • Includes three submissions (maximum of 15 pages) with global comments from Joseph.
  • We gather for a three-hour workshop every other week for three months.
  • You’ll have an initial 30-minute one-on-one consultation with Joseph in order to best define your needs and expectations.
  • You’ll have a 30-minute one-on-one follow-up consultation with Joseph after each of your submissions has been workshopped.
  • At the end of the course, you’ll have a 30-minute intensive hour with Joseph to discuss your work globally and to help send you off to the next stage of your literary journey.
  • Through the course of the workshop, Joseph offers numerous short talks regarding the finer points of craft as well as handouts summarizing them.
  • The central focus of these three months is the opportunity for you to share three submissions with the rest of us. Your work will be constructively workshopped “live” by Joseph and your peers according to the “Iowa Workshop” style, the most tried-and-true learning model in the development of a writer. Take your craft to the next level by listening as others discuss your work thoroughly and insightfully. In turn, you’ll absorb valuable knowledge by getting the chance to read and discuss the work of your peers.
  • As well as having your submissions workshopped, you read and discuss the fiction of your peers.
  • Over the course of the workshop, Joseph will create an individual reading list of modern and contemporary writers specifically developed for you and your project.

Tuition: $750 plus 13% HST

Novel Workshop with Joseph Boyden

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Our Mailing Address

Sweet Water Writers Workshop
P.O. Box 472
Parry Sound, Ontario
P2A 2X5

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