Mastering The Middle: A Novel Writing Workshop with Barbara Josselsohn

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6:30 PM until Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 8:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Barbara Josselsohn
    2 hour VIRTUAL sessions on Wednesdays
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Course Description
    You begin with the words "Chapter One" and finish with the words "The End" -- but what about all the blank pages in between? 

    Many writers start out with a great idea, and often they know how they want the story to eventually wrap up. But it's the middle of the novel where things get tricky: how do you decide on points of view? How do you add subplots? How do you tell if the narrative is moving too fast or too slow? What do you do when you get to page 50, 60 or 70--and you simply don't know how you're going to fill the next 100-200 pages? No wonder many writers throw up their hands in frustration when they reach the middle of their books!

    But there is a way to make it through -- and in this workshop, we'll concentrate on how to make the middle of your novel as exciting, suspenseful, compelling and layered as it needs to be. Through craft discussions, analyses of published novels, and workshopping sessions in a constructive and supportive environment, you'll find the best possible route to moving forward with your story, so that reaching "The End" doesn't feel so daunting. 

    Who Should Take This Class?
    Anyone who has begun writing a novel but not yet made it through to the end of a complete first draft.    

    Your Instructor
    Barbara Solomon Josselsohn is the author of three novels: THE BLUEBELL GIRLS (Bookouture), THE LILAC HOUSE (Bookoture) and THE LAST DREAMER (Lake Union Publishing). Her fourth novel, THE LILY GARDEN, also from Bookouture, will release this summer. 

    Her articles and essays appear in a range of publications including New York Magazine, Parents Magazine, Consumers Digest, The New York Times, American Baby, Writer’s Digest, and Westchester Magazine. She currently teaches novel writing at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and is also a private book coach. In addition, she leads writing workshops at Scarsdale Public Library, where she founded and currently serves as coordinator for the Scarsdale Library Writers Center. 

    Barbara has a B.A. in English from Binghamton University, and an M.A. In English from the University of Connecticut, and studied novel writing at The Writing Institute and Manhattanville College. She is also the Critique Programs Coordinator for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and is a member of the Women’s National Book Association.  Visit her online at, @Barbara_Josselsohn_Author (Instagram), @BarbaraJoss (twitter) or

    Barbara has given me a skill set and a fresh perspective on how to approach writing and editing. She has an uncanny ability to spot the direction a character needs to take or how to make a beat hit, and her character advice is second to none. Her classes have given me the courage to work past failed drafts, and keep pushing that pen until I have something better on the page. - former student

    The class was surprising, so fun and still so engaging. This instructor makes any class room, physical or virtual, feel so inspiring! - former student

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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact with questions or to submit a refund request.