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FICTION WRITER’S WORKSHOP (LLA 0255-001): Designed for every level of writer seeking to develop the tools for short stories or novels, this workshop combines writing exercises and sharing your work. You will gain an understanding of how to shape a compelling story. Gain the tools to unlock the story that’s inside you. Expect to write and receive verbal critiques of a piece of up to 5,000 words. This workshop serves as one of the foundational courses for our Continuing Education Writing Digital Badge and may be offered as either an in-person class or a hybrid online class. This section is the in-person class. 

FICTION WRITER’S WORKSHOP – ONLINE (LLA 0255-002): Designed for every level of writer seeking to develop the tools for short stories or novels, this workshop combines writing exercises and sharing your work. You will gain an understanding of how to shape a compelling story. Gain the tools to unlock the story that’s inside you. Expect to write and receive verbal critiques of a piece of up to 5,000 words. This workshop serves as one of the foundational courses for our Continuing Education Writing Digital Badge and may be offered as either an in-person class or a hybrid online class. This section is offered as an online class. The first meeting will take place on the main Harper College campus in Palatine. The instructor may also arrange an individual phone call for students who cannot make it to the first meeting. Assignments and discussions will be facilitated through Blackboard. 

FICTION WRITERS WORKSHOP: NOVELS AND SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGIES (LLA 0355): Are you ready to take your draft novel or short story to the next level? You will receive verbal feedback on one story or novel chapter of up to 5,000 words and begin editing to create chapter beginnings and endings that will keep readers engaged. You will learn how to develop an appropriately sized cast of characters, plots, subplots and action, and how to tackle continuity of locations, characters and names. Finally, you will discuss working with editors, beta-readers, agents and how to self-publish.

FINISH YOUR NOVEL WORKSHOP (LLA 0235): Writers who have begun a novel are invited to present and get feedback from others in the same boat! Discuss elements of your novel, engage in group writing exercises, and experience the encouragement to get that unfinished masterpiece back on track! We will also briefly look at the process of preparing your manuscript for submission to agents and publishers. Students are to bring some materials to first class - the latest printed version of their novel, a list of chapters, and a 1-2 page synopsis. 

WRITE A NOVEL IN 30 DAYS WORKSHOP: THE NANOWRIMO CHALLENGE (LLA 0248): 
Writing a novel is a momentous achievement that can take years of work. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges you to create your first draft in thirty days. Is this possible? Yes! Every year, authors meet the challenge. Many turn their NaNoWriMo drafts into published books. Take the express route to achieving your authoring dreams with this accelerated novel workshop. We will review novel elements, participate in group critiques, experiment with creative writing exercises, and take advantage of in-class novel writing time. From novel planning, to writing, to next steps, this class will help you reach your goal.