A Novel Approach

A NOVEL APPROACH is designed to help authors START and FINISH
book-length writing projects in ONE YEAR.

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Our workshops are offered in three formats:

    1. As an in-person workshop where participants meet approximately every two weeks to write a FIRST DRAFT. Authors post their writing on our secure website, share their writing in class, and receive positive feedback about what’s working well from the instructors and their fellow writers. Throughout the workshop they also receive ongoing instruction about the craft of writing through lessons provided in class and through personal feedback from instructors.

    2. This workshop is also provided in an online format that mirrors the in-person design that accentuates the completion of a FIRST DRAFT. The focus, however, is more oriented to one-on-one interaction with instructors.

    3. A Novel Approach SECOND DRAFT is designed to help authors who already have a manuscript and who would like assistance in preparing their manuscript (and themselves) for the rigours of the publication process.

Fiction or Memoir FIRST DRAFT (InClass)

Maximum class size: 8

A Novel Approach to Fiction or Memoir supplies the discipline and positive support to produce the FIRST DRAFT of a manuscript in 3000 word increments, every two weeks, for a year.

Along the way participants MEET AS A GROUP BIWEEKLY to share their work and learn the fundamental skills of writing a book-length project: creating story, developing interesting characters, defining the narrative arc and emotional transformation, designing scenes, exploring structure options, deciding on points of view, and much more.

It emphasizes the completion of the first draft of a story or memoir, and rewards participants with enhanced writing and critiquing skills.

And all in the company of like-minded writers.

THIS WORKSHOP STARTS EVERY SEPTEMBER. Classes are available in the evening and on Wednesday mornings.

Fiction or Memoir FIRST DRAFT (OnLine)

Maximum ONLINE class size: 5

Our year long workshop that provides structure, accountability and instruction so you finish the first draft of your book ONLINE. Participants submit new work every two weeks and meet with a facilitator via Skype or telephone every four weeks to discuss progress and receive positive feedback. Participants also receive lessons about the craft of writing every two weeks.

Three ONLINE INTAKES per year. NOV. 15th, FEB. 15th AND MAY 15th.


Maximum 2ND DRAFT class size: 7

For those authors who have substantially completed the first draft of a memoir or long fiction project and want assistance in preparing it for submission. This workshop is also ideal for authors who have received feedback from an agent or editor who has suggested new approaches or rewrites.

OUR NEXT WORKSHOP STARTS in OCTOBER, 2016. Classes are available on Thursday mornings or evenings.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS on www.anovelapproach.net


I would highly recommend “A Novel Approach to Fiction”. It lit a fire under my butt and got me motivated to write every week. I sometimes stumbled along the way, but the other writers and James kept me coming back and trying again. I know for sure I would never have achieved what I did in my writing this year without the support of A Novel Approach to Fiction.
I highly recommend, “A Novel Approach to Memoir”. I have nothing but praises for Sue as she sincerely helped me develop my written voice and encouraged me to produce a book that had been a lifetime dream and ambition to write.
You will be inspired. You will be surprised. You will be supported, encouraged and moved. If you attend the biweekly classes, by the end of the course you will have most of your first draft completed. You will absorb elements of craft, find your unique voice, deepen your understanding of why you need to write.
I found the ANA to Memoir to be instrumental in helping me achieve a full-draft memoir; the focus, inspiration and guidance were all integral parts of the encouraging whole.
Just what I needed to build confidence, continually improve my writing, and to have the desire to continue with my project. The review helped me see possibilities for themes in my manuscript I wouldn’t have seen on my own.
Sue goes above and beyond. I recommend writing with her for anyone who has the desire to write a memoir. Give it your all and Sue will guide you.
Most aspects of the course were helpful in completing my first draft. In particular, the requirement to produce 3000 words every two weeks kept the keys tapping. The prompts were always appropriate and took me into unexpected and surprising memories. I also loved the long communal writes. And the feedback. And experiencing the development of others’ projects, especially the courage some displayed in telling their stories.
Sue’s abilities to guide, inspire, cajole, and calm the inner critic are unparalleled. We all have a story to tell. If you long to tell yours, take this course.
I had only written poetry in the past, but ‘A Novel Approach to Memoir’ helped me learn to write dialogue, deepen key scenes, introduce characters into my story, as well as a myriad of other writerly skills. And it was not a journey alone – I met a group of other individuals who I came to deeply honour as fellow questers through memoir.
I can’t say enough about Sue and her skills. She is warm, engaging, talented and a hell of a good teacher. If you ever wanted to write, take her course ,you will not regret it and you will be amazed and what you will learn!
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