Two Master Classes

NoveltyDC offers master classes led by Mary Kay Zuravleff 


1. Write Your Book starts September 25

2. Transform Your Draft starts September 27


1. Write Your Book. Draft your novel, memoir, or story collection.

Goals

  • Write in a singular voice.
  • Embark on a distinctive plot.
  • Evoke emotional truths.
  • Arrive at a satisfying ending.

Class details

Class meets Sunday, 1-4 pm, monthly, from Sept 25, 2016, to May 2017. Class size is limited to 8.

We’ll respond to new pages each session and discuss topics like point of view, exposition, dialogue, and finding the emotional core of your book. In-class writing prompts will give you immediate practice in fiction techniques.

MKZ will read 75 pages of your book and have a private conference with you.

Cost for the 9-month class is $3200 (accepted applicants pay a $500 deposit; the remainder may be paid in Sept or in 3 installments).

Location

Meetings are held at Hera Hub, between Tenleytown and Friendship Heights Metro in Washington, DC.

Application information

To apply, email the following to noveltydc.mkz@gmail.com:

  • Name and contact information
  • One-paragraph description of your writing experience
  • 500-word writing sample and one-paragraph description of your project

“Mary Kay Zuravleff is a powerhouse writer, whose novels made me cheer and worry and howl. But she’s also a powerhouse reader and co-inventor. Her notes and questions made my manuscript come alive again—not a completed thing to pick at or mull over but a living creature to keep feeding.”—John Mauk, author of Field Notes for the Earthbound


2. Transform Your Draft. Reshape your pages to match your vision.

Goals

  • Get generative feedback.
  • Identify your book’s emotional core.
  • Practice techniques of successful fiction.
  • Write your final draft.

Each applicant should have a complete or nearly complete manuscript draft, roughly 300 pages (for longer manuscripts, please contact MKZ).

Class details

Class meets Tuesday, 3-6 pm, twice a month, from Sept 27, 2016, to May 2017. Class size is limited to 8.

Each writer’s draft will be read and discussed with honesty and consideration. Mini-lectures and in-class writing prompts will help you bring characters to life, use exposition with finesse, illuminate the intimate detail, and grab the reader by the throat.

Cost for the 9-month class is $3200 (accepted applicants pay a $500 deposit; the remainder may be paid in Sept or in 3 installments).

Location

Meetings are held at Hera Hub, between Tenleytown and Friendship Heights Metro in Washington, DC.

Application information

To apply, email the following to noveltydc.mkz@gmail.com:

  • Name and contact information
  • One-paragraph description of your writing experience
  • 6-10 pages and a one-paragraph description of your book

“I’m pressing on and feeling great about my ability to fix the book, thanks to this course. Mary Kay did an impressive job of keeping us on topic and enthused and guiding us towards useful revelations about our work. She is a terrific instructor.” —Robin Traywick Williams, whose manuscript The Key to the Quarter Pole won Richmond Magazine’s 2015 Novel Contest


For more information, contact Mary Kay using the form below or email noveltydc.mkz@gmail.com.

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