University of Iowa

“Aboutness:” Leash Your Novel, Shape Your Writing, Pitch Your Book

Weekend July 21 to July 22 2018

If you are writing, want to write, or have drafted a novel, you are thinking of All Those Pages. But the secret to a novel that flies is a novel you can talk about, a novel that can be compressed to the gem it is. Learn how to capture the essence of a story in a few clear sentences; further, analyze it as a scheme of component parts. That’s your way into revising, and it’s your way into telling someone they really should read it. Then write a summary that is your play-book. Come with what you know in a page and leave with what you need—to write, to revise, and maybe to sell a novel. Test-run your concept in this compressed, highly focused manner. This is high-energy, exciting work, and it’s an opportunity to get valuable feedback on the very idea of your novel. It’s fun, too. Suitable at any stage of the novel’s development.