Mending the Muddle of the Middle (Of the Novel)


Maybe you’ve written a killer opening, and you have an idea for an electrifying ending. But now you’re in the sagging muddle of the middle of the novel, and you’re not sure how to find your way out.

We’ve all been there.

The middle can be a confusing spot in a book, when we may feel like we don’t have enough to say, or when we may feel like we’ve written too many words and we’ll never get to the ending.

In this weekend workshop, you’ll learn strategies to get your story back on track, so that you can propel towards that electrifying ending. You’ll respond to in-class exercises, which we’ll share on a volunteer basis. (We’ll read aloud, so no need to print out.) This class is focused on generating new material, but writers who are in the middle of a project are free to use their current work as springboards to complete the exercises and assignments. Intermediate and advanced writers who are already working on a novel might be best suited to attend. While the class is focused on the novel, memoirists who believe the class might be useful to them are welcome to attend.

By the end of the weekend, you will understand strategies, ideas, and techniques to help you mend the muddle of the middle of your novels or memoirs, and you will have started to work on doing some mending already. You will have received oral feedback from fellow participants and the instructor on your exercises in a supportive and stimulating environment, which will help give you the confidence to move forward.

Now all that’s left is to write that Electrifying Ending!™

In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments, and provide verbal feedback on writing you produce during the weekend.

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Middle Grade
Science Fiction
Speculative Fiction
Young Adult
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