The Art and Craft of Novel Writing

  • Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., or 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (FULL) , Starts May 10 (Does not meet May 31)
  • Stephanie Lehmann
  • Six weeks, $350. Limited to 6 students
  • Register Here

Are you trying to finish the first draft of a novel? Perhaps you’re revising a manuscript for the umpteenth time? Writing a full-length piece of fiction can be a daunting prospect. No matter where you are in the process, this workshop, taught by nationally acclaimed novelist Stephanie Lehmann, will provide help, support, and inspiration.

Every author needs to shape the world of a novel into a compelling story. Meanwhile, every moment and detail along the way needs to be brought to its fullest potential. We’ll be talking about how to hone the skills to make that happen. Weekly topics will focus on aspects of character, plot, dialogue, conflict, voice, pacing and more. Students will springboard from our discussions to write during class, read sections out loud, and exchange comments.

Each writer is invited to submit up to 15 double-spaced pages to the instructor and class for feedback once during the course.

Appropriate for genre and literary fiction.

Stephanie also teaches Write Your Story to Prompts (Fiction).

Stephanie Lehmann‘s most recent novel ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE (Simon and Schuster) was selected by Library Journal as a best novel in 2013, and by Kirkus Reviews for best summer reading.

Stephanie worked for many years as a literary agent and editor at the Elaine Koster Literary Agency. Stephanie’s specialty is strengthening the plot of a novel whether the manuscript is still in outline form, partially complete, or completed.

Her earlier novels are THE ART OF UNDRESSING (Penguin), YOU COULD DO BETTER (Penguin), ARE YOU IN THE MOOD (Kensington), and THOUGHTS WHILE HAVING SEX (Kensington). Lehmann’s work has been translated into Italian, Turkish, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Chinese, and German. She has taught novel writing at Mediabistro and at, where her essays have been published. Musings about the history of fashion, feminine hygiene products, and many more fascinating subjects can be found

Please note: Elaine Koster, who sold THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead Books) by Khaled Hosseini, published then-unknown Stephen King’s CARRIE (NAL), and is credited with making Erica Jong’s FEAR OF FLYING (NAL) a blockbuster, sadly passed away in 2010, and the Elaine Koster Literary Agency is now closed to submissions.