First Draft: From Start to Finish with Eileen Palma

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 9:30 AM until Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Eileen Palma
    3 hour sessions on Wednesdays
    Yearlong VIRTUAL workshop dates as follows:
    Fall - October 7 to December 16, no session November 25
    Spring - February 3 to April 14, no session March 17
    Workshop is limited to 10 registrants

    Writing the first draft of a novel, from the first idea, to draft completion is similar to training for a marathon. Like distance runners, long-form writers are more likely to bring their goal to fruition when they have support and guidance from a mentor and when they work with teammates who are striving for the same goal. This year-long class will help you set and manage writing goals, plan your writing practice, and hone your craft in a supportive environment. A year-long class format will also help you make stronger connections with your teacher and fellow classmates, which means your critiques will build each class as everyone gets to know you and your story. Each three hour classes will feature craft lessons, writing prompts or writing organizers, and workshopping both short and long novel excerpts. The goal of this class is to help you craft your novel from start to finish with all of the necessary tension, plot points, and character development, while keeping an eye on industry and marketing standards.

    Eileen Palma is the author of a middle grade duology The Popularity Pact (Running Press Kids). The first book Camp Clique is scheduled for spring 2020 and the second book School Squad is scheduled for fall 2020. Her romantic comedy Worth the Weight (Diversion Books 2014) was selected as a compelling read from an emerging author for Barnes & Noble’s Nook First program and has won multiple awards. Eileen performed her essay “The Moskowitz Girl” at Read650 at Chelsea’s Cell Theater, and has read at The Lady Jane Salon, a romance fiction reading series in Manhattan. Eileen’s essays on motherhood have appeared in Blunt Moms, The Momoir Project and Her View From Home. Eileen loves teaching just as much as writing and has experience teaching age groups from pre-K up to adult education and everything in between. She has a dual B.A. in English and Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is an alumna of The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.