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So, You Want to Write a Novel?: 

Fiction Class

Date: Saturday, January 11
Time: 10 am - 3 pm (with one-hour lunch break) 
Instructor: Mary Volmer
Ages: Adult 
Genre: Fiction
Price: $150          

Every book you see on the shelves of a library or bookstore, every story you’ve ever read, is a product of perseverance. Why should your novel be any different?


Maybe you already have thousands of NaNoWriMo words but aren’t sure what to do next. Or perhaps you have a great concept or storyline and are having trouble knowing where to begin. Possibly you’re working on a book project that seems to have lost traction somewhere along the line.


In this course, you will learn how to clarify your artistic intent—and also how to refine or define the unique dramatic structure of your story. You’ll learn to discover or sharpen the narrative voice, develop compelling characters and, if we have time, how to manage and incorporate research.


Whatever you’re working on, whether it’s a historical drama, sci-fi thriller, or literary fiction, this class will help you discover (or re-discover) your novel’s most compelling shape and direction. 

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Mary Volmer is the author of two novels: Crown of Dust and Reliance, Illinois. Her essays, reviews, and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Mutha Magazine, The Farallon Review, Women’s Basketball Magazine, Fiction Writers Review, Historical Novel Society Review, The New Orleans Review, Brevity, and Ploughshares (online).


Mary has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook and was the spring 2015 Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence at Saint Mary’s College, where she now teaches.

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