Novel Writing Master Class with Caitlin Alexander (November to December)

    Monday, November 8, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021 Eastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Caitlin Alexander
    November 8 to December 17, 2021 (no class on November 24)
    Continuous access to the online classroom and discussion forum
    Live video chat takes place Wednesdays, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 12 participants

    Course Description

    In this intensive workshop, 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 from the instructor and your fellow writers 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 craft guides 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.           

    Who Should Take This Class? 

    Writers who have written a novel manuscript and are looking to hone their craft skills and receive meaningful feedback. Writers who are specifically looking to work with an editor. 

    Your Instructor

    Caitlin Alexander has 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 an independent editor and can be found at     


    “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 a 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 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.” 

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