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Writers Workshops

Novel Writing/Online 2024-114

Course #Online 2024-114
Tuesdays Starting June 11 6:30 pm–8:30 pm running 6 weeks Skipping July 2
Cost: $315 Instructor: Daniel Peña

This is an online workshop that takes place via Zoom.

This is an advanced workshop designed for those that have taken a previous writing workshop, have a novel idea in mind, or a novel in progress.


Navigating the Novel

Jose Saramago has said of the contemporary novel, “[it] is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers.” Its facets are many. Its possibilities are endless. So, how exactly does one go about knowing where to start in writing a novel? And how does one know exactly when they are finished? In this course we’ll look at several modes of the novel in its contemporary form, breaking down what works (and why) while considering some possible shapes and structures that lend themselves to the kinds of stories that we want to tell. To this end, we’ll workshop each other’s works-in-progress in the hopes of gaining some direction as well as reinforcing concepts discussed and learned throughout the course. We’ll consider the novel as a journey as opposed to a task or a mountain to be surmounted.  This workshop should be fun, meditative, and ultimately energizing for both us and our work.

About the Instructor

DANIEL PEÑA is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer and Associate Professor at the University of North Texas.  Formerly, he was based out of the UNAM in Mexico City where he worked as Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar. A graduate of Cornell University and a former Picador Guest Professor in Leipzig, Germany, his writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, the Kenyon Review, Texas MonthlyNBC News, and The New York Times Magazine among other venues. He’s currently a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Ploughshares blog. His novel, Bang, is out now from Arte Público Press and his debut collection of essays is forthcoming from One World/Penguin Random House. He lives in the beautiful Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

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