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?
For almost twenty years, Lauren has been teaching creative writing in Paris, helping writers like you figure out how to solve their manuscript problems. 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.
You'll leave Paris with a clear idea of how to take your novel out into the world and 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
Monday, July 8
Plot and pacing
Using outlines and beat sheets
Discussion with best-selling novelist
Tuesday, July 9
Editing and streamlining your manuscript
Novel potholes and how to escape them
How to keep your readers turning pages
The two-sentence pitch
Discussion with literary agent
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 indie publicist
Friday, July 12
Maintaining the writing life
Residencies/ conferences/ MFA programs/ literary magazines
Making more money writing
Included in the tuition is a personalized manuscript consultation: Lauren will read your work in progress (or completed manuscript) and help you figure out what you need to get it ready for submission. Together, you'll do it all: edit the query letter, strategize on submissions, and make sure the manuscript is in shape to get out the door!
How much does it cost?
Before 4/15/24: $2500
After 4/15/24: $3000
Tuition covers classes and a personalized manuscript consultation. Housing and transportation are not included, but Lauren is happy to help you find affordable and convenient places to stay.
Limited to 18 participants.
Where will classes be located?
In a workshop space in the 11th
How do I apply?
"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
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