March/April Class

So You Want to Write a Novel: How to Get Your Novel Project Off the Ground


In On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King talks openly what so many writers know to be true about the writing process: “The scariest moment,” he says, “is always just before you start.” In this workshop, we’ll tackle that fear of the genre that can often be the most intimidating for writers: the novel. Over the course of six weeks, participants will be asked to dust off that novel idea that they've had sitting on their shelf and start to put together a real plan for getting that project off the ground. Together, we’ll talk about tangible steps to plan and begin a novel project, read excepts from craft texts that speak to the challenges inherent in the novel writing process, and engage in writing exercises that will help participants draft key moments around which they can focus your narrative and key tools that will begin to form their novel’s frame. Participants will leave this workshop with an action plan, a novel outline, and suggested readings that will help to keep them focused as they work on the project on their own.  

This six-week class will meet at 21c Museum Hotel, 700 West Main Street on the following dates:

Sunday afternoons, 1-3pm 

March 17, 24, 31, and April 7, 14, (skip April 21, Easter), 28 

The class will conclude with a public reading:

May 7, 6-8PM at 21c Museum Hotel

Members $142    

Nonmembers $190

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Instructor: Megan Pillow Davis


Megan Pillow Davis is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction and is currently a doctoral candidate in the University of Kentucky’s English Department. Her work has appeared, among other places, in Electric Literature, SmokeLong Quarterly, Memoir Mixtapes, and Mutha Magazine, has been featured in Longreads, and is forthcoming in Collective Unrest, Jellyfish Review, Pithead Chapel, Longleaf Review, and X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine. She has also been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for Best Small Fictions. Megan is currently revising her debut novel, which was a semifinalist for the YesYes Books First Fiction Open Reading Period, and she has begun work on her second book. She is also currently completing her dissertation, an examination of the American freak show and its literature. Megan has received fellowships from Pen Parentis and the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and she recently completed a residency with the Ragdale Foundation. She was named a finalist for The Baltic Writing Residency's Kentucky Writers Fellowship for 2018. Megan lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family.

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