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One of the biggest obstacles any writer faces is finishing the first draft of a novel. As Joyce Carol Oates said, "Getting the first draft finished is like pushing a peanut with your nose across a very dirty floor." Enter National Novel Writing Month, which has generated one of the most effective approaches to writing a first draft and bounding to new imaginative heights.


In this session, Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month and author of Pep Talks for Writers, will provide a crash course in novel writing. He'll discuss the power of diving in, banishing one's inner editor, and taking creative risks. He'll also talk about the often disregarded keys behind every great work: setting an audacious goal and a deadline, tracking your daily progress, and connecting with others in a creative community.


This is your year to finish the novel of your dreams. Come prepared to write—with abandon!

Write a Novel in 2018!

The Power of Writing with Abandon 

Date: Saturday, January 20 
Time: 10 am - 3 pm (with one-hour lunch break)
Instructor: Grant Faulkner
Ages: Adult 
Maximum Enrollment: 9
Genre: Fiction 
Price: $150 
Music of the Mind

Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the cofounder of 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin House, the Southwest Review, and

the Los Angeles Review. His essays on creativity have been published in the New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He recently published a book of essays on creativity, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo. He's also published a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, Fissures, two of which are included in The Best Small Fictions 2016.


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