Beginning Novel Writing with Marcia Bradley

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 6:30 PM until Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 8:30 PM

Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructor: Marcia Bradley
5 sessions, $450

Whether you have long wanted to write a book or are well into the early chapters of your novel or a story taken from your own life experience, this is the perfect course for students seeking to understand the book writing process, receive feedback, and advance their writing skills.

In this special summer session, students will be asked to come to class prepared to share a few pages of their past week’s writing. We will talk about the “first page” requirements; what is a good opening and what are the secret ingredients that keep a reader wanting more? Each week, we will read out loud our pages, critique one another, and offer feedback to work on before the next class. Finally, we will explore “the promise fulfilled” on the last page of every book as we begin to draft our own! 

You should finish this five-week adventure in writing with a strong first page, at least 20 well-constructed pages, and an idea of how your book will conclude. Of course, you may change your story later, but it’s good to have roadmap as you write your book. If you can envision where you are going, you have a better chance to get there.

Space is limited for this class with its unique focus on building skills, giving and receiving feedback, and achieving your writing goals.

Marcia Bradley, MFA Sarah Lawrence College, writes fiction and creative nonfiction. Her novel Englewood, set on the South Side of Chicago, explores how mothers and their families survive violence that surrounds their daily lives. Marcia has been published in the Capital Gazette, Two Hawks Quarterly Magazine, in Hippocampus Magazine where her story received a Most Memorable ranking and was awarded an honorable mention from Glimmer Train. Marcia was a scholarship attendee at Squaw Valley Community of Writers, at Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College, and has a residency at Ragdale in 2019. Marcia also teaches creative writing for New York area high school students in programs sponsored by the Greater New York Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Marcia has two daughters, lives in the Bronx, is working on her second novel, and is fascinated by the idea that one day she may have a back yard and a dog.


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