CALLING YOUNG (LOCAL) WRITERS! Novel Workshop Opportunity!

Is your budding novelist looking for a more immersive creative writing experience?

How about writing a novel in a month?


I am currently building the class list for a 10-week course for students ages 12+ for fall 2019, to be held at the City Centre Branch of the Coquitlam Public Library, Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m., running October 9 through December 6.

The tentative schedule includes:

  • Course taught by me, Jenn Sommersby, a working novelist with books from HarperCollins Canada, Sky Pony (US), Lake Union Publishing, Inked Entertainment, and more

  • Instruction and worksheets covering all aspects of the craft of creative writing, including POV, structure, goal/motivation/conflict, plot, characterization, dialogue, setting, show vs. tell, self-editing/revision practices

  • Participation in the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Young Writers Program. Course fee would include NaNoWriMo official workbook. Students will be asked to sign up with NaNoWriMo YWP (no charge for this). More info about NaNo can be found here: https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/.

  • Introduction to the world of self-publishing for those students looking to publish their own books! Topics will include editing, cover design, and potential retail outlets.

  • In-class free writing time every session

  • Feedback provided from instructor in person and via email

  • Final Night Reading Event (Family invited! Refreshments served!) where the students present their polished work before an audience, just like in the big leagues

  • Course fee of $225 CAD will include facility rental and supplies (composition book, NaNoWriMo workbook, handouts/worksheets, refreshments for Reading Event).

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Please note that this course is intended to provide advanced instruction for students interested in writing fiction and will focus on novels specifically.

We will not cover nonfiction, poetry, essays, vocabulary, or college-prep writing.

This course is limited to ten students. To express interest and/or reserve your spot, please message me through my Contact page.

I can’t wait to help your young writer put words on the page!

~jenn