MENLO SCHOOL • SINCE 1915

Novella Workshop (H) (2S)

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Whether you have a story idea burning in your mind or are simply drawn to fantastical worldbuilding, star-crossed characters, or diabolically ingenious plots, this class will give you a deeper understanding for narrative storytelling in a variety of genres. Even if you’ve never written something longer than a few pages, our class will help you develop the sustained attention, workshop know-how, and writerly habits-of-mind needed to author your own polished novella (≈80-120 pages) by the semester’s end. In learning the delicate balance of brevity and depth characteristic of the novella form, we will collaboratively analyze various novellas, short stories, and even films. Individually, students will conduct their own guided research and independent reading, discovering the writing styles, settings, and stories that most fill them with wonder before writing their own.