University of Iowa

Novel Boot Camp

Weekend July 14 to July 15 2018

In this course, which is more seminar than workshop, you’ll learn the basics of novel craft, with a focus on plot, structure, and character. We’ll discuss how authors build and use dramatic tension to compel the story forward; we’ll also cover traps beginning novelists should avoid. This class will be most helpful to writers new to the novel, including beginning writers and writers wanting to attempt a new form. Whether you have a number of pages but aren’t sure where they are going, or just an idea you’ve been meaning to get down on paper, you’ll leave this weekend with new writing and a plan for moving forward with your novel.