Novel Writing Master Class—Online Course with Caitlin Alexander (November through December)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 9:00 AM until Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 9:00 PMEastern Standard Time


Online Course
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
United States

Instructor: Caitlin Alexander
5 sessions, $450
Online course


Continuous access to the online classroom and discussion platform
Real-time video discussion takes place Wednesdays, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern

In this intensive workshop—limited to twelve students—a veteran editor of a major publishing house will help you hone your story arc, character development, setting, voice, point of view, grammar, and every element of your manuscript. Each week you’ll receive detailed feedback on up to ten pages of your manuscript as you work toward polishing your novel for eventual submission to literary agents and book publishers.

Once a week, we’ll gather for a live video discussion that builds on the written feedback you’ve received. You’ll also have on-demand access to discussion posts that analyze excerpts from published novels in order to help you pinpoint the keys to compelling plot and structure; the nuances of memorable character development and dialogue; how to engage readers with voice and point of view; and must-know grammar and techniques to sharpen your prose.

By the end of the class, you’ll have up to fifty edited pages of your manuscript, a stable of tips and techniques that will elevate every aspect of your writing, and insight into how to position yourself in the current fiction market.

What participants say:

“Caitlin is one of the most insightful writing teachers I've ever had. She goes to the heart of a story and identifies where it can be brought out or deepened. Her publishing advice was also comprehensive.”

“Caitlin makes sure each student has a chance to discuss his/her work and is thorough in her suggestions. My writing has come a long way since starting her course. She has given me nuggets of information that will benefit all of my writing. Invaluable!”

“Caitlin is wonderful editor. She knows how to take a scene and make it tighter, and give it more ‘zing.’ Thanks for a great class.”

“Caitlin is a terrific writing coach! She pulls out the strengths and weaknesses in her students’ writing and helps writers move forward with character development, plot, and voice. Her in-depth critiques help fully develop all elements of novel writing.”

“Caitlin told it to me straight with ideas on how to improve my novel from an editor’s perspective.”

“Caitlin has a talent for bringing out the best in her students. She's always encouraging and kind, but she is also honest about what is not working. Particularly great is her ability to provide both big-picture comments (as to plotting and character issues, for example) and specific language ideas when needed. I would highly recommend any course she teaches.”

“Caitlin is not only a talented and insightful editor for all genres, but she has genuine interest and enthusiasm for everyone's work. Her feedback is honest, constructive, and specific, and her wise guidance will undoubtedly take your writing to the next level.”

Caitlin Alexanderhas been editing books for more than fifteen years. She spent much of that time at Random House, where she acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books as a freelance editor and can be found at editedbycaitlin.com.

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Note: Details about room assignment, parking, and any other information relevant to the course will be emailed to you the week before classes begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.