The New Novel

September 25-27, 2020

Schedule: Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

Instructor: Shawn Shiflett

Registration Deadline: Registration Closed

Description

Been thinking of finally starting that novel? Already working on it, but need a creative nudge? Whether you are on page one or page 201 of your own novel, The New Novel will inspire and guide you along the way, providing strategies to keep the story dramatically moving forward from beginning to end. During this three-day workshop, we will explore the craft of writing a novel: structure, plot development, setting, dialogue, character interaction, placement and shaping of chapters, and much more. Time will be put aside each class for generating new material, as well as for reading our work out loud in order to further develop our sense of audience. Writers with novels at different stages of completion, as well as those who just need a creative nudge to get started, are welcome.

Level Beginner and above

Class Size 12

Instructor Shawn Shiflett

  • Tuition $305

Instructor

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Shawn Shiflett

Shawn Shiflett is the author of the novel Hidden Place, which has received rave reviews from newspapers, literary magazines, and “Connie Martinson Talks Books” (national cable television, U.K. and Ireland). Library Journal included Hidden Place in “Summer Highs, Fall Firsts,” a 2004 list of most successful debuts. He received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for his work and was a three-time finalist for the James novel-in-progress contest, sponsored by the Heekin Group Foundation.…Read More

Shawn Shiflett is the author of the novel Hidden Place, which has received rave reviews from newspapers, literary magazines, and “Connie Martinson Talks Books” (national cable television, U.K. and Ireland). Library Journal included Hidden Place in “Summer Highs, Fall Firsts,” a 2004 list of most successful debuts. He received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for his work and was a three-time finalist for the James novel-in-progress contest, sponsored by the Heekin Group Foundation. New City Newspaper elected Shiflett to their Chicago Lit 50 list, an annual ranking of top figures in the Chicago Literary scene. His essay, “The Importance of Reading to Your Writing,” was published in the U.K. in 2013. His novel, Hey, Liberal!, has received stellar reviews and acclaim from Booklist, the Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Review, Newcity Lit, Windy City Review, Mary Mitchell (Chicago Sun-Times), Rick Kogan (WGN Radio), and others. His dream story, “Napalm Deja” vu,” was recently nominated for Hypertext Magazine’s The Best American Short Stories Award.

Instructor Website

Workshops

New Novel Pages – Writing Retreat

Manuscript Consultations – Writing Retreat

Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

Class Confirmation
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.

Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details.

Materials Fees
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).

Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.

Workshop ID 20R269-W03 Catalog

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