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While the last several years saw the chick lit-based feature films The Devil Wears Prada, Something Borrowed, and P.S. I Love You, the genre has begun to drift in a deeper direction, drawing closer to women's fiction standards with Jodi Picoult and Anita Shreve, who consistently dominate the bestseller charts. Whether you call your writing chick lit or women's fiction, this is the class for you.
Learn how chick lit and women's fiction differ from romance and other genres. We'll discuss where women's fiction is going, how it's expanding, and how to get your book published.
In this class, you will learn how to:
Create compelling, likeable, realistic characters
Write great dialogue and resolve conflict
Revise, cut, and tighten your manuscript
Find an agent and create a pitch package
Market your book after it's sold
By the end of class, you will have:
A first draft of your chick lit novel, and the knowledge of how to sell it to agents.
Kate Rockland is the author of Falling is Like This (May 2010) and 150 Pounds (January 2012), both published by St. Martin's Press. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and worked at Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, New York magazine, and Us Weekly before writing two books. She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband, son, and cat, Elizabeth Taylor.
"Kate's class was a great way to push my project along. She was great to work with -- very informative and extremely encouraging. I got a teacher and a coach in one."
"Kate is a great instructor! She is very knowledgable, helpful, and encouraging. If you want to really start writing and pursuing publishing, this class is a very effective tool to make it happen."
"Kate was a great teacher and motivator. She understood my vision for my book and helped me develop it beyond my expectations. Her feedback was both encouraging and constructive. I can't wait to finish this book, and with the tools she has given me, I know I will!"