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Novelist Master Class

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm


Master Class: 1 Session, Saturday
October 26, from 11 am -12:30 pm
Instructor: J. Mulrooney

Required: When registering, email 5-15 pages in a Word Doc attachment to submissions@wab.org, with the subject line “Novelist Master Class”

Deadline to register: October 18, 11:59 pm

You’ll learn what’s working and what’s not in a supportive environment. You’ll receive concrete suggestions for improvement and tips and tricks to help you. Along the way, we’ll discuss key elements of the novelist’s craft, from the foundational–developing plot, character, setting — to the techniques that build on your foundation — point of view, dialogue, voice, description. We’ll also spend some time on how to live as a novelist: how to keep the work going, what to do when you’re blocked, how and when to revise. One week prior to class, participants are required to share 5-15 pages of prose to be workshopped.

J. Mulrooney is a high-energy, supportive teacher who connects practical “you can start doing this tomorrow” advice with a higher level discussion of how literary art works. His novel, An Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity, made him a finalist for the Campbell award for best new writer of science fiction and fantasy. He also has published a book of short stories and holds an MFA in literary fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Mulrooney’s earliest writing job was to print “I will not be disrespectful in class” fifty times on a sheet of paper. Since then, his plots have improved considerably.


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Novelist Master Class$901 Session, October 26, from 11 am -12:30 pm


October 26
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
(585) 473-2590


Event Date(s)
1 Session, Saturday October 2, from 11 am -12:30 pm
If you would like to make a request for any accommodation, please email us at accommodation@wab.org at least 10 days prior to the event or workshop.

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