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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



How much does it cost?

Before 4/15/24: $3,000
After 4/15/24: $3,500


What's included?

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.


Class size?

Limited to 18 participants.

Where will classes be located?

In a workshop space in the 11th arrondissement.  

How do I apply?

Fill out this form!

Other questions?  

Please contact

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