University of Iowa

Writing the Popular Novel (in Any Genre)

Weekend July 21 to July 22 2018

No matter the genre in which you’re interested—literary, science fiction, paranormal, young adult, romance, etc.—you would probably think it ideal if your novel had many readers. If it attracted buzz. If it were, in other words, popular.


In this weekend workshop, using best sellers, myths, and computer models, we’ll discuss elements that make popular novels across genres so…popular, and we’ll do exercises on various elements of the novel (such as character, plotting, pacing, and language) to increase the odds that our own novels will become the next Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone/Gone Girl/Insert This Summer’s Hit Title Here….

This workshop is for writers of all levels. We will focus on generating new material.