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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.
Kelly Harms is the author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane, which Kirkus called "A perfect recipe of clever, quirky, poignant and fun." She has also worked with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, Edgar, RITA, and Agatha award winners, and Indie Next List Picks in her time as an editor at a division of HarperCollins and later as an agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her adorable and sometimes imperious toddler Griffin.