Planning the Novel with Natalia Sylvester


Planning the Novel

From finding its core to revising

Thursday, February 7th: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, February 8th: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Austin Bat Cave (1317 S. Congress Ave.)

*Sale price is for a one-day, Friday only workshop*

Writing, finishing, rewriting and revising a novel can feel like a larger-than-life task. In this two-day workshop, we’ll break it down into smaller, less intimidating steps focused on reclaiming the joy of writing and the sparks of inspiration that fuel it our stories. The first day will be dedicated to finding the core of your story—the passions, questions, and truths that will help keep you going from first draft to finished draft. On the second day, we’ll examine the purpose of revision and work on exercises to help you revise, rewrite, and reimagine your novel in a way that brings it closer to its heart.

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Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novels Chasing the Sun, which was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad, and Everyone Knows You Go Home, which won an International Latino Book Award and was named a Best Book of 2018 by Real Simple magazine. Born in Lima, Peru, she came to the US at age four and grew up in South Florida, Central Florida, and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Miami and is now a faculty member of the low-residency MFA program at Regis University. Sylvester‘s work has appeared in Bustle, Catapult, Electric Literature, Latina magazine, McSweeney’s Publishing, and the Austin American-Statesman. Her debut YA novel, Running, is forthcoming in spring 2020 from Clarion Books/HMH.

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