Beginning Novel Writing with Marcia Bradley

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 06:30 PM until Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 08:30 PM


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

Instructor: Marcia Bradley
11 sessions, $660


Whether you have long wanted to write a book, have begun your first pages, or are well into the early chapters of your novel or autofiction, this is the perfect course for students who are seeking to understand the book writing process, receive feedback, and advance their writing skills. In our workshop setting, you will poise your story ideas, consider your beginning pages and your ending, and create page-turning situations to move your story forward. We will consider your narrator, scene development, dialogue, and the essential elements of setting, plot, conflict, resolution that apply to both fiction and nonfiction. Time permitting, we will use writing prompts to help you discover your most authentic voice.

It’s good to keep in mind that most, if not all, novels are seeded with truths and experiences from an author’s own life. In this workshop, we’ll tackle what it means to be both vulnerable and reliable in storytelling. Some stories take unexpected turns and thrill us with how very fascinating 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 pure creations or if 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. Every week we will consider the writing of fellow students in our workshop and offer feedback and ideas to help each writer further develop their stories.

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. Marcia was a scholarship attendee at Squaw Valley Community of Writers, at Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College, and has been awarded 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.

Writing Institute Registration Process:

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

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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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