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Novel Writing: Chick Lit

Draft, workshop, and learn to publish today's most marketable fiction

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Novel Writing: Chick Lit

WHEN 8 weeks, Wednesdays, June 18 - August 6, 7-10 pm

WHERE New York (Downtown)

LEVEL General

$499 ($475 for )
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What makes a novel chick lit? Why isn't it considered literature? Or romance? (Why do these categories exist, anyway?) Does chick lit have to end in marriage? Does the main character need to buy shoes at some point? In this class, we'll be answering all these questions and more as you write your own novel -- one that stems from your particular sensibility and experience, and has your distinctive voice.

Chick lit novels are intimate and informal. They can be easy to relate to, comforting, entertaining, and funny. They can also be intelligent, sad, touching and thought provoking. Chick lit is often a form of masked memoir -- veiled fictionalizations of the author's own experiences. If you're a woman with a story to tell, this class will help you get it out there.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Create a protagonist that may or may not be based on you
  • Structure your narrative so that it is more than just a bad date story
  • Find your protagonist's voice
  • Write realistic dialogue (just because someone actually said it doesn't make it interesting)
  • Avoid chick lit cliches (gay best friend, anyone?)
  • Find the time to actually write the darn thing

Admission Requirements:
Please submit a letter of interest (including a brief work history) and a writing sample (2,000 words or less).


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Instructor Bio

Lynda Curnyn
Lynda Curnyn is the author of the novels Confessions of an Ex-Girlfriend, Engaging Men, Bombshell, and Killer Summer, which have been translated and published in more than ten countries. She has also contributed short stories to anthologies including the USA Today bestselling Girls Night In. Lynda spent over a decade in book publishing, editing some of the industry's bestselling authors in women's fiction. She is currently at work on her fifth novel. For more information, visit her website at www.lyndacurnyn.com.

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Lynda is encouraging, open minded, and helps facilitate good chemistry between her students. Taking her class was like enrolling in a mini MFA program. It helped my writing enormously and has enabled me to move my novel forward. -- Jaime Cunningham

"I couldn't wait to come to Lynda's class each week! Her advice was clear and practical, her interest in our work genuine, and she kept the class interesting and fun. I now have fifty solid pages!" -- Bisanne Masoud

"Lynda was a pure delight. It was like having Carrie Bradshaw as an instructor. She was extremely encouraging and balanced advice, workshopping, and in-class writing." -- Kathleen Lucadamo

"Now that I've taken Lynda's class, I am seventy pages into my novel after eight weeks and really believe I can finish it." -- Jessica Rosevear

"Lynda's class was perfect! The content was great, the structure was well designed, the workshops useful, and the length of the class was just right." -- Aarti Arora

"Lynda was thorough, supportive, humorous, encouraging, and totally insightful! She really went the extra mile to support me as a first time writer!" -- Kimberly Frye

"Lynda is not only encouraging, but her feedback is meaningful and specific. I got a lot from this class that I could not have read in a book." -- Caroline Gartner

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