NEW: How to Start a Novel You Can Actually Finish*

Lit Fest Craft Seminar with Jennifer Haigh

Jennifer Haigh is the author five novels, each of which nearly killed her.  She is also the author of three unfinished and unfinishable manuscripts, woefully ill-conceived stories that will never see the light of day. In this session she will discuss which strategies worked and which ones didn’t. Topics will include:

  • How to tell the difference between a novel and a short story
  • The most important choice a novelist makes
  • Plot vs. causality
  • Reading while you write
  • The mistake everyone makes
  • When to give up, and how to survive it
  • Why the second novel is hardest
  • What to do on days when nothing comes

In the second half of the class, she will answer students’ questions about novel-craft. 

Whether you have a brand-new idea for a novel or have been working on one for years, you can expect to leave with concrete strategies to move your project forward.

Please note: This class is replacing the "The Practice of Writing: What Is It?" seminar with Merritt Tierce. 

*This class is a large seminar and will be held in the Grotto for up to 45 people.

Instructor: Jennifer Haigh Learn More


Jun 12, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm