Novelstarter: A Writing Workshop
Alexander Chee
Novelstarter: A Writing Workshop

Have you tried to write a novel and found yourself paralyzed by the daunting task, unmotivated, or aimless in your literary pursuit? In this class, we’ll go over some of the basic steps, approaches, and methods for the beginning of novels and their drafting, how to organize your life differently, approaches to plotting and structure, how to work with an outline, and how to know when to drop your outline.

Want more? For an additional fee of $150, Whiting Award winner Alexander Chee will read your 30-page writing sample and meet with you for an individual hour-long consultation in which you will receive specific feedback on how you can proceed.

All attendees will receive a yearlong membership which includes a discount on future writing workshops and book purchases, along with free event admission. In addition, you’ll walk away with a rare back issue of the Asia Pacific American Journal, which features an eclectic mix of cross-discipline writings from both emerging writers and the most established voices in the Asian American culture.

*Please bring a notebook and pen or laptop. The class is two hours long with a fifteen minute break.

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and his forthcoming work, The Queen of the Night. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a NEA in fiction, a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship in prose and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Leidig House and Civitella Ranieri. His stories and essays are widely anthologized, and have appeared in NPR, OUT, the Paris Review Daily and the Morning News, among others. He has taught fiction writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and lives in New York City.

Fee: $125 General/$100 Members
Fee with Consultation: $250 General/$200 Members

If you would like to sign up or have further inquiries please send an email to

Novelstarter: A Writing Workshop

Alexander Chee
Monday, June 18, 2012
7:00 PM
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor Between 6th and 7th Avenues Buzzer 600
New York New York 1000
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