Beginning Novel Writing with Marcia Bradley

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 07:00 PM until Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 09:00 PM


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

Instructor: Marcia Bradley
Length: 5 sessions, $450
Wednesdays,  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Whether you have long wanted to write a book, have begun your first pages, or are well into the first chapters of your novel, this is the perfect course for students who are seeking to understand the novel writing process, receive feedback, and advance their writing skills. In our workshop setting, you will poise your story ideas, consider your beginning pages (as well as what may be the ending), and create strong characters and page turning situations to move your story forward. We will consider who or what should be your narrator, scene development and dialogue, as well as the essential elements of setting, plot, conflict, and resolution.

We will have writing prompts to help shape your manuscript, keep writer’s block at bay, and to offer avenues by which you may discover your most authentic voice. It is through authenticity that your personal will, emotions, and beliefs fulfill the vision you have for your novel.

It’s good to keep in mind that most, if not all, novels are seeded with truths and experiences from the author’s own life. In this workshop, we’ll tackle what it means to be both vulnerable and reliable in storytelling, to write with authority and tenderness, and praise the many openings that are made possible in a well-crafted novel. Some stories take unexpected turns and thrill us with how very unexpected the fiction becomes. Others mirror scenes from a writer’s personal history, grow, and take readers into an intimate, experiential world. Whether your characters are in a setting you have never visited, or you are writing autofiction—which fictionalizes a story from one’s own life—Beginning Novel offers you the chance to engage with a sincerely nurturing group of writers who believe in each other and in the writing journey.

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 the violence that surrounds their daily lives. Marcia has been published in Two Hawks Quarterly Magazine, in Hippocampus Magazine, where her story received a Most Memorable ranking, was awarded an honorable mention from Glimmer Train, and attended Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. 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 backyard and a dog.


Writing Institute Registration Process:

Step 1 - Registration Information: Complete this registration form in full.

Step 2 - Payment: Once you click submit on this form, a new page will appear in your browser with a payment link. Click on the payment link, complete the required information, and submit your payment. 

Payment is required for your registration to be confirmed. If we don’t receive your payment within 48 hours of submission of this form, your registration will automatically be cancelled. You will have to complete the form again if you wish to register for the class.

Step 3 - Confirmation: Once we receive your payment, your registration will be finalized and confirmed with an email. Please keep this email for your records.  Details about room assignment, parking, and any other information relevant to the course will be emailed to registered students the week before classes begin.

If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-395-2205 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

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