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July 8 - 12 2024


Have you written a novel and aren't sure what to do with it? Do you find the whole publishing process overwhelming? Need a week to focus on finishing your novel, among experts and peers, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world? 

With the help of visiting publishing pros, Lauren will guide you through finding an agent, the differences between major publishers and independents, and the various ways you can market your work.  We'll have Zoom visits with editors, agents, and best-selling novelists, and we'll workshop your novel plots and outlines.

You'll leave Paris with a clear idea of how to take your novel out into the world, with a new contact list full of professionals, mentors, and friends.

"Lauren is an absolute joy to study with: smart, funny, engaging, kind. Not only did she help me grow and mature as a writer, she also gave me the tools I needed to accomplish my publishing dreams." - Isaac Blum, National Book Award nominee for The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

"Lauren Grodstein changed how I see writing. Her expertise in craft is rivaled only by her tireless teaching. She'll transform your work -- and, more importantly, how you think about your work." - Anise Vance, Center for Fiction Prize nominee for Hush Harbor 

Monday, July 8

  • Plot and pacing

  • Using outlines and beat sheets

  • Discussion with visiting best-selling novelists


Tuesday, July 9

  • Editing and streamlining your manuscript

  • Novel potholes and how to escape them

  • How to keep your readers turning pages

  • The two-second pitch

  • Discussion with literary agents


Wednesday, July 10               

  • The conventions of the novel: how and when to break the rules

  • Workshopping the query letter

  • What editors look for in a manuscript

  • Discussion with Big Five editor


Thursday, July 11

  • Self-publishing vs. independent publishing vs. Big Five publishing

  • What the publishing landscape currently looks like

  • Different ways to build a career

  • Discussion with Big Five publicist


Friday, July 12

  • Maintaining the writing life

  • Residencies/ conferences/ MFA programs/ literary magazines

  • Making more money writing

  • Wine and cheese celebration!

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