Novel Writing: Master Class

Polish your manuscript and query letter for publication with a former senior editor at Random House

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  • Discussions Wed, Tues 8-9pm ET, 8 sessions full schedule

In this intensive workshop -- limited to 12 students -- a former senior editor at Random House will help you hone your story arc, character development, setting, voice, point of view, level of diction, and every element of your manuscript. Each week you will receive detailed feedback as you work toward polishing your manuscript for submission to agents and book publishers.

This class is purely workshop-based and does not contain written lectures.

Weekly discussion topics include how to:

  • Develop your platform
  • Know what agents and editors are looking for when they consider your manuscript
  • Craft an attention-grabbing query letter and practice your pitch
  • Decide if self-publishing or traditional publishing is right for you

By the end of class, you will have:

Up to 80 polished pages of your novel, a query letter, and steps for submitting them to literary agents.

Admission requirements:

This class is for students working toward a polished manuscript. Apply with a note to explain your interest in this topic and goals for the course. Please include a two-page writing sample.

Caitlin Alexander spent eleven years at Random House, where she edited New York Times bestsellers such as The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond, Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper, and the Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase series by Andy McDermott, as well as Sherry Thomas's 2011 and 2010 RITA Award winners for Best Historical Romance, Thriller Award-winning and Edgar Award-nominated suspense novels by Tom Piccirilli (The Last Kind Words), the critically acclaimed literary novel Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner, The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton, and many other notable books. She now freelance edits and consults for publishers, agents' clients and independent authors.

  • "This is the best writing seminar I've ever taken--and there have been many. Much of the credit is due to Caitlin Alexander, the instructor. Caitlin is wise, insightful, diligent, kind, and wickedly talented. So now that you've heard all that, what's stopping you? Hurry up and register!"

    Gretchen Anthony

  • "It was a sheer pleasure to work with Caitlin and receive invaluable guidance, constructive critiques, and support. Thank you for a fantastic journey."

    Vanessa Jubis

  • "This was a great class. The opportunity to have a talented professional editor review and provide feedback is priceless. I highly recommend this class to all writers hoping to take their manuscripts to the next level."

    Valerie Zane

  • "Take Caitlin's class. You won't regret it. Her comments brought my project back to life. Don't waste a minute. Sign up."

    Nancy Woods

  • "Caitlin surpassed all my expectations as a teacher and leader for our group of diverse writers. Her comments were concise and incredibly helpful. Kudos are in order!"

    Patty OHara

  • "Caitlin was encouraging, positive, inspiring, and -- I don't know how she achieved this online -- warm. The feedback and direction I received from her has changed the direction of my career."

    Alison Berkley

  • "Taking this class was the best decision. Joining a group of students at the same writing stage was wonderfully rewarding. We had students from all parts of the US, Canada, Scotland, and Australia, and a fantastic instructor in Caitlin."

    Catherine McCallum

  • "The candid, supportive feedback I received from Caitlin and the class is making revisions a lot less overwhelming. Caitlin brings a wealth of experience and was a great leader. An exceptional experience!"

    Kimberlee Roth

  • "Caitlin was a wonderful teacher. She was very thorough with our work and had creative and insightful ideas. Every week I looked forward to her comments."

    Emily H. Rubin

  • "Caitlin is a terrific writing coach! She pulls out the strengths and weaknesses in her student's writing and helps them move forward with character development, plot, and voice. Her in-depth critiques help fully develop all elements of novel writing."

    Ellen Weeren