Novel-Writing Intensive (NOVI0101)

Fall - October 17–December 20, 2020
Days & Time:
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rachel Carter

Students should come in with an idea for a novel, or a novel currently in progress that they are looking to receive feedback on. Prior workshop experience is preferred but not required.

Course Description

This course is designed to teach students the ins-and-outs of novel writing, from conception to outlining to the writing itself. Whether interests lie in literary fiction, young adult, fantasy, or any other genre, we focus on how to structure and plot a successful novel. We also touch on establishing conflict, world-building, character work, pacing, and how to create an effective scene.

Course participants share their writing in a workshop setting and receive in-depth feedback from both their peers and the instructor. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions. Not only does this course impart a greater understanding of what it means to craft a long-form work of fiction, it will also help students become stronger and more confident in their overall writing skills.

Courses in creative writing are offered in conjunction with the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Overseen by Chair of Creative Writing Lis Harris, Professor Alan Ziegler, and Director of Creative Writing for Pre-College Programs Christina Rumpf, the creative writing courses are designed to challenge and engage students interested in literary creation, providing them with a substantial foundation for further exploration of their creative work.

NOVI0101 | Call Number: 22312 | View this listing on the Directory of Courses.


Rachel Carter

Rachel Carter is the author of the So Close to You series with HarperTeen. She attended the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction creative writing. She has taught at Columbia University, Champlain College, and Southern New Hampshire University, and her nonfiction has appeared in The New Republic, The Faster Times, and Booktrib. She currently lives in Brooklyn and is a Visiting Professor of creative writing at Montclair State University. 

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