After the Novel:
a manuscript workshop
July 8 - 12, 2024
with Lauren Grodstein
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?
In all her years teaching in MFA programs around the country, Lauren Grodstein noticed a pattern: students write most of a novel, almost all of a novel, but have a hard time finishing the work. Or, when writers do finish that novel, they find themselves overwhelmed by the next steps.
For almost twenty years, Lauren has been teaching creative writing in Paris, helping writers like you figure out how to solve their manuscript problems. In this one week course, Lauren will walk you through editing for plot, writing the three-sentence pitch, crafting the perfect query letter, and navigating the agent search. 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 have the opportunity to chat with literary editors, agents, and best-selling novelists who will share their advice and best practices. Plus, Lauren offers manuscript consultations for writers who are looking for professional feedback.
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.
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
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
I came away feeling like I knew more about being a writer and seeing a path toward to publishing than in all my years in my MFA program. Writing is an art but it is also a business. It was also an incredible week of delicious food and adventures with wonderful writers.
- Jayne Sosland, New York
AFTER THE NOVEL FAQ:
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 arrondissement.
How do I apply?
Please contact email@example.com