Maybe you're like Avery ...
Or maybe you're like Sophia ...
The big ideas in your heart and head matter. We'll help you shape them on the page into a novel you're proud to share.
After brainstorming and testing a variety of story concepts, each writer will choose one to develop. Next, we'll create a cast of characters, a detailed setting, and a flexible plot. At the end of Design a Novel, each writer will have a few introductory chapters and a solid plan for the rest of the drafting process.
When novelists join Design a Novel, they're also given access to the Drafting Workshop for three months. In the Drafting Workshop, novelists can share their questions and progress through a weekly check-in form. Our mentors respond with a personal video response to help novelists set goals and track their progress. The Drafting Workshop provides real-time support and an ongoing conversation that doesn't require calendar invites or scheduling hassles. We offer three sessions per week where writers can connect with mentors and peers live—most novelists choose just one of the three to attend:
⇢ Tues. 3 pm PT / 6 pm ET
⇢ Wed. 5:30 pm PT / 8:30 pm ET
⇢ Thurs. 4:15 pm PT / 7:15 pm ET
Other than the Drafting Workshop sessions, Design a Novel is completely self-paced. We suggest scheduling six weeks for the course, which is broken into six parts.
When does the course start and finish?
It starts now, and is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
For two years, or as long as the course is available on our site, whichever is longer. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
I'm an educator. Do I have permission to share the course with my students?
Yes! As an educator, your access to the course is considered a classroom license. Should a colleague want to use the material in their classroom, we ask that they purchase their own copy. Additionally, should your students want to access the material at home, their parents should sign up independently. This policy helps us support students in their independent study, and maintain their safe interaction with Society of Young Inklings' online programs.
Still have questions?
Feel free to reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
W H A T W E ' L L C O V E R
Part One: Sketching Ideas
- What Kind of Book Will You Write?
- Exploring Ideas
- Clarifying the Concept
Part Two: Crafting Characters
- Developing Your Main Character
- Developing Your Cast
- Backstory and Beliefs
Part Three: Designing Storytelling Style
- Point of View
- Experimenting with Scenes
Part Four: Building the World of Your Story
- Mapping the World
- Culture and Conflict
- Detailing Scenes
Part Five: Structuring Plot
- The Hero's Journey
- Scene Brainstorm
- Plot Problem Solving
Part Six: Planning Your Drafting Process
- Setting Milestones
- Drafting Tools
- Block-Busting Plan
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H A V E Q U E S T I O N S ?
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