Do you want to Write & Publish your own CI novel?
The 2019 Spring/Summer CI Writer’s group is forming NOW!! We will be working with our classes in the last months of the school year to explore ideas and develop a basic structure for our novels. Then we will be meeting over the summer while we finish these novels. Join me for six months as I work on my third novel; let’s share the frustrations, find our ways over the roadblocks and get these novels on paper!
This group will meet on Wednesdays at 9pm East Coast Time (of the US) via an online video meeting service called Zoom. If you have never used Zoom before, it is like Skype but more stable and designed for business meetings. Last year we tried to schedule different sessions for different time zones, meeting once per month, and I think that prevented us from getting into a flow and developing a cohesive group. This year I have scheduled a meeting every week. You do not have to attend every meeting (although I would like it if you did), but there will be a regular group meeting that you can attend to help troubleshoot and gain inspiration. I hope that you’ll feel comfortable discussing your writing once a month and come to hear other writers discuss their writing on the other meetings of the month.
These are some themes that may structure our conversations, if we find them useful.
March: Generating ideas with students, keeping it comprehensible. Do the hard work in class!!!
April: Developing a plot outline, enjoy the process of creating little scenes with your students. Explore while keeping it comprehensible in class.
May: Creating tension from the first chapter. Focus on creating lively characters.
June: Rewriting without the students; keep the greatest ideas and bravely cut the rest.
July: Sharpen the emotional impact of your novel, restructuring a confused plot.
August: What to do before you publish, a checklist to make sure your novel is really ready.
If you are serious about writing a CI novel, please register & join us! Our first meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 13!!