The Finished Novel is a workshop for people with novels at least half completed upon the start date of the class. This is not a novel writing workshop – it is a workshop for people who have already written their novels, and who are looking for considered feedback. This workshop has two kinds of participants: those who want to workshop their novels (no more than 5 spaces, no less than 3), those who just want to read and learn from watching the others in the workshop (5 spaces). Unlike most other workshops, including novel workshops, we’ll read entire works up to 400 double spaced, 12 point font pages (speak to me if you have a question related to this). Reader participants will not write novels, they will read and contribute to discussion, and learn from discussions about the tricks and trades of writing a novel.
Writer participants class cost, $750. Writer participants will turn in at least 150 pages of a novel, preferably a finished novel. Each participant in the class will read the whole novel, comment on it as a whole, and read a short revision in late spring. This workshop is shorter per meeting day than a regular worksohp (2 hours) because we’ll only discuss one work per class, and because students will spend much longer out of class reading your work.
Reader participants cost, free: Readers get to read the work of working writers, discuss their work, and learn from class discussions about the process of writing a novel. They are encouraged to sign up for a future workshop as writers, but not required to. Please put the following discount code in so you won’t be charged, but will still be signed up: reader
We will meet mostly every other week, with the exception of the last three meetings which will meet every week. This class may be between 8 and 10 weeks, depending on how many people sign up to have their novels read. If the class has fewer students, instead of discussing the novel, the class will discuss the publication process, and in the last weeks, workshop letters to agents rather than a last novel or two.
Benjamin Rybeck is the author of a novel, The Sadness (Unnamed Press). His writing appears in Arts and Culture Texas, Electric Literature, Houston Chronicle, The Literary Hub, Ninth Letter, Portland Magazine, The Rumpus, The Seattle Review, The Texas Observer, and elsewhere, and his fiction has received honorable mention in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona, where he taught fiction for several years and was editor-in-chief of Sonora Review. Since then, he has also taught for Inprint and Writespace. Currently, he’s the marketing director at Brazos Bookstore.