Elizabeth Gaffney is the author of the novels Metropolis and When the World Was Young (both Random House). She was an editor for many years at the Paris Review, and is an editor at large at A Public Space. She teaches writing at New York University and the New School and has taught at Columbia University.
Wednesdays, February 26–June 3, 2020
Registration is now closed for this class.
The Novel Workshop
This season’s Novel Workshop is for writers with a substantially or fully complete draft of their novels. Each writer will have the opportunity to have their entire manuscript read and critiqued. As a parallel to close reading and line editing, class discussion will focus on elements of craft: arc, shape, characters, and plot development. The workshop will be limited to 10 writers; please note that in previous seasons this class has sold out.
In addition to a comprehensive critique of your manuscript, you will also receive an editorial letter from the instructor at the end of the workshop. Additionally, the workshop will offer an overview of the publishing industry; and detailed guidance on how to navigate the search for an agent and find the right publisher for your book.
Note: Manuscripts may be up to 400 pages—8.5 x 11 page, double-spaced, in 12-point font, with one-inch margins. For longer books, please contact managing editor Megan Cummins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesdays, February 26–June 3 (skips April 15)
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