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Notebook and Pen



What is it?

Our yearlong workshops aim to support our writers who are ready to commit to a full year to their book-length projects. Instructors will guide students through the challenges, structure, and mindset required for long-form work. With monthly deadlines and one-on-one conferences with the instructors, writers will both be able to level up their writing and achieve their writing goals. Cohorts are limited to seven writers and will meet monthly via Zoom. In an initial one-on-one meeting, students will have the opportunity to discuss goals and needs. 


Who is it for?

Writers at any stage of a book-length project may apply - whether you’re in your first draft or have been revising for years. A writing sample and prior workshop experience is required. Full participation is expected. Since the cohort meets monthly, writers are expected to attend and participate in every session.


How does it work?

·      Students will meet monthly for three-hour sessions to discuss craft, workshop pages, and troubleshoot any issues.

·      Instructors read 100 pages of each writer’s work 

       (50 pages after the first 6 months and another 50 pages at the end of the session)

·      One free one-day workshop of choice throughout the year

YEAR LONG WORKSHOP with Rahla Xenopoulos

This year long class is designed for more advanced authors of fiction or non fiction who feel invested in the writing of one particular project and, are serious about completing a book. Our group will meet for 3 hour workshops for 11 months to explore important different aspects of book writing. During these classes Rahla will provide instructional methods for how to approach each aspect and then writers will be given focused exercises.


Craft focus will be on:
● Structure
● Character back story
● Character development
● Theme
● Archetypes:

The hero/ protagonist
The villain
The joker/ fool

● The role location has in storytelling
● Dialogue


The eleventh session will be a group discussion about where you see your book, what you feel might prevent it from completion and, what you are excited about.


Rahla will meet privately with each student once at the beginning of the year so that she can familiarize myself with your story, your ambitions and concerns.


During the first half of the year she will read the first fifty pages of your manuscript. The second time you meet will be a private meeting half way through the course so that Rahla can give feedback on your first fifty pages, and, to check in on how you are doing. The third and final private session will be to discuss closure and completion of the project. This year long workshop is to provide the writer with a writing community, goal oriented assignments to keep writing forward and productive revisions. 

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