Novelist Master Class
October 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm$90
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.