Write a CI novel with your classes 2020-21 (Saturdays, Nov 7th to May 1st)


Do you want to Write & Publish your own CI novel? 

The 2020-21 CI Writer’s group is now forming. We will meet on Saturdays at noon Eastern time. Join me for 25 weeks as I work on my own novel; let’s share the frustrations, find our ways over the roadblocks and get these novels on paper!

The theme of this group is to write fiction novels for lower level students that address AP/IB themes. That’s right: AP/IB themes in lower level classes!

We will start slowly in November as we imagine our novels and discuss with our students the kinds of books that they enjoy reading. During Winter Break we will create a plot outline and through January and February we will work with students in class orally creating key scenes. During March group members will share and revise their rough drafts together so that we all have “class publishable” texts by Spring break. “Class publishable” is not ready for final publication; it is ready for beta-readers and pilot class tests. Classes pilot test their novel during the 4th quarter. Students’ final comments on this pilot reading help the author perfect the flow of the novel. In summer of 2021 many of the novels will be ready to be sent to a professional copy editor and be published before the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.

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This is the only CI novel writing group that provides weekly coaching and a structured approach to make sure that you write your best novel. 25 sessions between November 7th and May 1st

These are some themes that structure our conversations:

Discuss what has not yet been written: the books that our students want to read. Generate ideas and write something truly different. Discover what you need to be a productive writer. Using your life experiences to write credible fiction. How to craft a strong premise.

Focus on creating lively characters. Delve deep into what motivates your characters. Create complex relationships among your characters without using complex language. The tricks to creating emotional impact. Define your protagonist’s goals. Develop a plot outline.

How to use classic plot outlines to make a more engaging story. Powerful story arcs and emotional transformation. Take the time to enjoy the process of creating little scenes. Explore while keeping it comprehensible. Reconsider your writing choices to uncover unintended bias. Simplify your text.

Go back and rewrite. Several common writer’s traps to beware of. Create tension from the first chapter. Keep the greatest ideas and bravely cut the rest. Bring underlying themes forward. Techniques to lower your unique word count.

Sharpen the emotional impact of your novel. Restructure a confused plot. Suggestions if you are considering illustrating your own novel. How to find beta readers and the tricks to getting valuable feedback.

Your manuscript is ready to be class-tested. How to publish a private set of novels so that classes can test run the novel. We will also discuss how to polish your manuscript and services available to edit, proofread and illustrate your novel. Putting together a glossary and other ways to scaffold the text.

If you are serious about writing a CI novel, please register & join us! Our first meeting will take place on Saturday, November 7th!!