Beginning the Novel
Facilitator: Amy Green
Dates: March 9 – April 3, 2020
Class Size: 10
This course will focus on mentoring students through the process of beginning a novel first draft. Through weekly craft discussions, we’ll examine the history and anatomy of the novel as a medium, with an eye toward honing our own writing skills. We’ll aim to produce 50 pages of new fiction by the end of the course, sharing our output each week in an intimate workshop forum with instructor and peers. At the close of the course, we’ll discuss what comes after the novel first draft, including revision, agent-hunting, and the publishing world.
Amy Greene’s first novel Bloodroot (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010) was a New York Times and National Bestseller. In 2010, Greene won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Fiction. Her second novel Long Man (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014) was a Washington Post Top Book of the Year. In 2016, Greene won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Literature and was inducted into the East Tennessee Literary Hall of Fame. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times and Glamour Magazine, among other publications. Greene has lectured and conducted workshops across the country.