So you have a killer novel concept—now what? Great novels aren’t written in a vacuum. Getting as many smart eyes on your work as possible and being open to what people have to say is an important part of drafting your novel.
In this class, Los Angeles author Anna Dorn will help you structure, organize, and develop your novel so that it can reach your target audience. Topics to be addressed include narrative structure, plotting, rewrites, and drafting query letters to agents and publishers.
This workshop is a good fit for anyone with a novel idea, whether it’s just a loose concept or a rough first draft. Each student will submit work for a short workshop each week. By the end of the course, you will know the steps you need to get your novel into the world.
Class meetings will be held over video chat, using Zoom accessed from your private class page. While you can use Zoom from your browser, we recommend downloading the desktop client so you have access to all platform features.
- Develop a novel logline with feedback from the class and instructor
- Structure your novel using Francesca Lia Block’s 12 questions
- Produce a query letter to send to agents and publishers
- Polish and receive feedback on portions of novel
- Perform 6-minute reading from novel
- 10% discount on all future Catapult classes
The class will meet for 2 hours a week for 6 weeks. There will be roughly 1-2 hours of homework for each class and students should be prepared to give thoughtful feedback on their peers’ workshop submissions.
Week 1: Introductions + Lecture: Loglines & Francesca Lia Block’s “12 Questions To Structure Your Novel”
Week 2: Workshop 12 Questions + Lecture: First page
Week 3: Workshop first page of novel + Lecture: Last page
Week 4: Workshop last page + Lecture: Query Letters
Week 5: Workshop query letters + Lecture: Finding agents & publishers
Week 6: Reading, final advice, and moving forward
Anna Dorn is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her novel, Vagablonde, was published by Unnamed Press in May 2020. Her memoir, Bad Lawyer, will be published in Spring 2021 by Hachette Books. She received her MFA in creative writing at Antioch University and she is currently working on a new novel and teaching writing online.
"Anna Dorn writes vivid, striking prose that reinterprets pop culture, the particularities of Southern California, and the complex technology of our human brains. An original, hilarious, and spot on debut."
"Dorn’s narrative is intoxicating, particularly in its depiction of the existential ennui that’s stemmed from our insatiable consumer culture... Dorn may have written the horror novel we deserve."
"A fantastic novel that feels contemporary in all the right ways. In the world of VAGABLONDE, fame is more important than mental health, good lighting is more important than food, and ‘thriving’ is more important than any mundane obligation. Anna Dorn’s sentences are sharp and addictive, absorbing me completely into this world of music, friendship, and self-interrogation."
“Anna Dorn is an excellent teacher that not only helped me find my voice, but edited my manuscript with kindness and care. I would absolutely take another writing class with her.”
“As a reader, Anna Dorn has a knack for understanding what a writer is trying to accomplish with a piece and her notes help direct a writer to make a piece what they want it to be. Her enthusiasm for producing new, strong work inspires me as a writer to keep moving forward in my own career.“
“Anna’s knowledge about different techniques and styles of writing makes it so she is always ready to narrow down ideas that will best compliment your tone, target audience, and mood.”