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How to Write and Sell a Novel

Presented by Sandra Johnson. Through interactive instruction and hands-on exercises, aspiring novelists will learn how to incorporate the essential elements of fiction to craft a compelling novel and successfully market it to publishers.


10:30 a.m.  Introduction of instructor; Overview of workshop; Introduction of attendees

11 a.m.    How to create and maintain a regular writing schedule for writing a full-length novel; overview of the seven essential elements of fiction; how to develop compelling characters and plots; writing exercise

12:30 p.m.   Lunch break

1 p.m.     How to write good dialogue; writing exercise; how to choose the right point of view; writing exercise                     

2:15 p.m.     Break

2:30 p.m.     How to choose right voice, tone, and pacing; how to create engaging settings; writing exercise; how to write in active voice; writing exercise        

3:30 p.m.    How to sell your manuscript

4:15 p.m.    Q&A’s; Evaluation

Sandra Johnson began her literary career as a freelance writer, including being a regular guest op-ed columnist for The State, South Carolina’s largest daily newspaper. That led her to writing Standing on Holy Ground:  A Triumph over Hate Crime in the Deep South (2002), a narrative nonfiction book that garnered acclaim from O:  The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Southern Living, and many other publications. It also won a Christopher Award for Literature. While continuing to freelance, she taught creative writing at Midlands Technical College for eleven years, served as an adjunct English professor at several other colleges in South Carolina, and evaluated manuscripts for the University of South Carolina Press on an as-needed basis. In 2012, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Queens University. In 2016, Texas Review Press published her novel Flowers for the Living which was nominated for a PEN-Faulkner Award, and in January 2019, Sterling Publishing, an imprint of Barnes and Noble, will release Sandra’s self-help book Body-Mind Peace Journal:  Daily Prompts for Mindful Living which will be featured in Barnes and Noble’s 2019 A New You campaign.

Please call 410-396-6053 to register.

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10:30am to 4:30pm

Waverly Branch
400 E. 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Event Type

Arts @ the Pratt

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Programs For Adults

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AndrewK 1/11/2019

I have been working for 12 years as a writer in the PaperHelp writing company https://topwritingcompanies.com/paperhelp-org-review/ Recently, I began to think that I wanted something more than writing essays for students. I want to try to write my first novel.

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