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with Elise Chidley


This class will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of writing a novel, no matter what the genre. Bring your in-progress fiction manuscript, brainstorm an idea in class, or start a new project during the session. Students are welcome to share up to four pages (2,000 words) per week of their fiction for positive feedback in a supportive setting, though sharing your work is not required.


LEVEL: Beginner & Intermediate


This class is ideal for people who:

  • Are writing or want to write a novella or novel in any genre.
  • Are interested in learning about the craft elements of novel-writing, including story arc, structure of scenes, dialogue, backstory, point of view, characterization, pacing, plotting, and more.
  • Want to write new words in their project or revise an existing project.
  • Are beginning or intermediate writers, or are advanced writers new to novel-writing.


What you will take from this class:

  • Inspiration to continue to work on your project.
  • Confidence to finish your work in progress, revise your manuscript, or start a new work.
  • Deeper understanding of the craft elements of writing a novel.


Optional: Want an extra hour of one-on-one attention? Elise will meet with you in person or on Zoom for a one-hour one-on-one session to discuss your work in progress. The topics and scope of the session will be established ahead of time by you and Elise. Please choose this option in the drop-down menu when purchasing this workshop. This extra time will be scheduled directly with the instructor.



5 Tuesdays

Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22

10am - 12pm EST





About the Instructor...

Elise Chidley’s first novel, Your Roots Are Showing, received a six figure advance and was nominated in two categories of the 2009 RITA © Awards: Best First Book and Best Single Title Contemporary Romance. She received her MFA from Penn State and has taught creative writing at Writopia and Silvermine Arts Center. One of her stories was shortlisted for the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award, and another for the Ian St. James Award. She works as a freelance developmental editor and loves the process of revision.



Anatomy of a Novel with Elise Chidley – HYBRID

SKU: F126f24-tues
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