In this Production Series class, you will be challenged to write a 60,000 word novel in four months. Topics to be covered when you meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month include the following: (1) the premise, the opening, and time management; (2) your story as a series of events, writing routines, and how to participate in a response group; (3) plot and the story arc, part 1; (4) the story arc, part 2, and genre tropes; (5) point of view; (6) character development; (7) dialogue; (8) setting; (9) show don’t tell, (10) miscellaneous—fragments, varying sentences, reading level, etc. (11) sub-plots; (12) revision, self-editing, and manuscript preparation.
- Write, at least 5 days per week for 4 months
- Write, at least, 750 words or 3 pages per day
- Bring selections from your novel to class to work on and share with your response group
- Be an active, productive member of your response group
Before the first class, you will submit the premise for your novel to the instructor. Instructions will be emailed on the general idea and formula for a premise. Student premises will be discussed and refined during the first class.
Instructor: Teri Smith has a master of arts degree in English and has published a comedy romantic mystery, Affection for Crime. She taught English at the high school, community college, and university levels until she turned to the dark side of school administration. With retirement, she returned to her first love of writing.