4-Week: Novel Bootcamp I—Your Story

$215.00 Members
$240.00 Non-members

Writing a novel (or memoir) is a huge undertaking. Chances are pretty good that you occasionally find yourself overwhelmed by the project, lost, wondering if you started in the right place, unsure if you know how find the right ending, confused about just who your characters are, and daunted by the challenge of making your book stand out among all the other books out there. Don’t worry; help is here. The “Bootcamp” is a four-part series of four-week workshops designed to help you get a handle on the process. Take a single part or all four parts—each part lasts four weeks, with in-class discussion, lecture, writing exercises, and homework. Learn how to get started, how to organize and improve what you already have created, how to focus your voice, and, most importantly, how to finish your book! (Memoirists will find that the material in this class applies equally well to creating a memoir—the basics of crafting a book-length dramatic tale are the same for novels and memoirs.) 

Part I: Your Story – Whether you have a strong story idea already in play or are still struggling to figure out what will happen, we’ll work to sharpen your idea and find the aspects that will be the most original and dramatic and, equally important, that will fully engage you in the long process of writing. We’ll start with your characters, making them rich and intriguing, find the elements of each character’s past that give meaning (and dramatic drive) to the present, and zero in on the possibilities for dramatic tension. From a clear sense of who your characters are, how they’re employed, what they want, what they do in their daily lives, will come the core of your plot and a series of possible subplots. This class consists of lecture, discussion, and both in-class and at-home writing (heavily weighted toward at-home). You'll have an opportunity to share some of your exercises in class, but this is not a workshop, and the critique is focused on a particular aspect of your story or an element of craft.

This class consists of lecture, discussion, and both in-class and at-home writing (heavily weighted toward at-home). You'll have an opportunity to share some of your exercises in class, but this is not a workshop, and the critique is focused on a particular aspect of your story or an element of craft.

What one participant is saying about the bootcamp:

"I’m grateful for all the wonderful information that Bill provides in his bootcamp classes. One of the things I really enjoyed about his teaching style is that he is so supportive of all his students no matter what genre they are writing in. Bill did a great job of distilling the complex process that goes into planning and writing a novel. I now have a huge appreciation for the amount of hard work and deep thinking that goes into novel writing. When I started the class in January, I remember thinking—hey, you just go to a coffee shop and start typing, right?  I really admire how Bill showed us the complicated moving parts of a novel—setting, character, plot, subplot, arc, voice. He also used quality literature to show us how it was done—and those examples resulted in a few mind-blowing ah-ha moments for me as to how I might approach my own story. I was honestly excited to come to class and learn about how it all works and hear what other students were working on for their novels."

—Terry Allen

Instructor: William Haywood Henderson Learn More

Schedule

Jan 18, 2023 6:30pm - 8:30pmJan 25, 2023 6:30pm - 8:30pmFeb 01, 2023 6:30pm - 8:30pmFeb 08, 2023 6:30pm - 8:30pm

For two years I had an idea for a novel-length story building in my head. I did research, wrote down ideas, imagined scenes. By the second year it became a mammoth of imagination and entirely unapproachable. Then I saw that Lighthouse was offering a class titled Novel Bootcamp. Something that could help me break down the monster in my head into manageable pieces! Through this class I came to know in detail my characters, setting, and the arc of my story. I have an opening and 148 pages of a rough draft. It is the best class I’ve taken in five years.
Christie Lips