Spend the week workshopping the your novel in progress and talking about novel-related questions: how to embark upon a bigger project; how much to plan in outline and how much to leave open; how to ‘find’ the story; how to choose point of view; how to sustain yourself through the narrative long haul, how to “thicken” plot.

Participants should prepare and bring to workshop 15 pages of a novel in progress.

Instructor: Bret Anthony Johnston

Brett Anthony Johnson | literary workshop | Noepe Center | Martha's Vineyards

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Remember Me Like This, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the winner of the 2015 McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize.  Bret is also the author of  the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Creative Writing.


12 writing spaces available
9 spaces in accommodation

August 13th-19th, 2017
All Levels – work in progress required
$1,695.00 with accommodation
$695 without accommodation
fees do not include travel to and from Noepe or meals.

Course description

This week-long intensive will focus on moving your novel beyond its beginning “draft” stages.  Each day the small group will have an opportunity to discuss elements pertinent to writing a compelling novel, and applying these to your novel in progress.  The group meets for 3 hours per day from 10-1.  There may be additional sessions in the late afternoon as well as an opportunity to consult with Bret.

There will also be time built in for exploring the island of Martha’s Vineyard, its beaches, restaurants and cultural attractions.

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