Shape, Write, and Sell
Your Novel

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Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course Overview

Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel, teaches the entire process of crafting a novel, starting with the solid foundation of a saleable idea; finding the genre that matches the idea; creating a chapter-by-chapter outline, writing and revising the first three chapters; researching and identifying a market; and developing a submission packet targeted to an appropriate editor or agent. The submission packet includes a synopsis of the entire novel and a query letter written to an editor or agent of the student’s choice.

Our courses are designed for you to set your own pace. The average student takes about 223 hours to complete all assignments. Although most students complete this course in 18 months, ICL allows up to 2 years to complete Shape, Write, & Sell Your Novel.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course

Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Course Manual is your road map to a finished novel. Step by Step, with your instructor by your side, it will lead you through the process of writing a novel.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell
Your Novel Course

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, Writer’s Digest Books.

This handbook includes dozens of essays by masters of the novel. You'll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally, and finding inspiration you need to finish your work.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell
Your Novel Course

Novel and Short Story Writer Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published, Amy Jones, editor, ISBN-13: 978-1440354939.

The Novel and Short Story Writer Market book will help unlock the secret of a successful submission package for an editor or agent. You’ll use this market directory in conjunction with outside research and your instructor’s suggestions to determine exactly what to include and where to send your submission package.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell
Your Novel Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

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Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Course Manual is your road map to a finished novel. Step by Step, with your instructor by your side, it will lead you through the process of writing a novel.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, Writer’s Digest Books.

This handbook includes dozens of essays by masters of the novel. You'll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally, and finding inspiration you need to finish your work.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course

Novel and Short Story Writer Market: he Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published, Amy Jones, editor, ISBN-13: 978-1440354939.

The Novel and Short Story Writer Market book will help unlock the secret of a successful submission package for an editor or agent. You’ll use this market directory in conjunction with outside research and your instructor’s suggestions to determine exactly what to include and where to send your submission package.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

Why Choose IFW

  • Customized – one-on-one Instructor
  • Reputable – time-tested, quality curriculum
  • Affordable – tuition payment plans available
  • Flexible – write anytime, anywhere, at your own pace
  • Approved – earn college credits
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Save On Your Tuition

The Institute for Writers makes it easy for you to receive a high quality writing program at an affordable rate. Everything you need to complete Writing for Children and Teens Course is included in your tuition. Choose which payment option best fits your needs.

College Credits

College Credits and Professional Development Hours: The Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards recommends that our graduates be awarded 5 college credits. No matter where you live, you can obtain these credits from Charter Oak State College—which functions under the credit-granting authority of the Connecticut Board—for a fee anytime within five years of your completion of the Institute’s course. You can have Charter Oak “transcript” these credits to any college, university, or school board. Teachers may be able to receive professional development hours. Check with your district or administrators.

Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel
Course Details

Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel is designed for promising new writers who have been recommended by one of our instructors.

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Course Goals & Objectives

  • Plan, develop, write, revise, three chapters of a novel along with a synopsis, and query letter, targeted to a publisher
  • Develop and hone fictional techniques
  • Develop professional skills to:

a.       Research and analyze the current publishing market
b.      Create a marketable novel idea targeted to a specific genre and audience
c.       Plan, write and revise three chapters
d.      Create a novel submission package (synopsis, query letter, outline and three chapters) for submission to a publisher

curriculum

Outline

A beginning course in teaching students how to write for children and teens, and how to market their writing to publishers

Part 1 – (Assignment 1-4)
Learn how to find and evaluate viable novel ideas and identify the genre to which the idea belongs. Create a character with motivation, voice and conflict. Create a preliminary novel plan—including a dramatic arc to keep story moving from beginning to middle to end. The novel’s first chapter is crafted to include a powerful beginning, effective scenes, vivid details, and transition to next chapter. Learn how to write current novels with an analytical writer’s eye.

Part 2 – (Assignment 5-8)
Focus on building a dynamic and realistic stage for your story. Learn how to weave plot, character, conflict and setting into our novel’s action. Subplots are introduced. Learn the role of strong secondary characters. Pacing and momentum are the focus of chapter 3 and revision of earlier chapters. Learn revision strategies and the fine points of writing effective dialogue, tight prose, and balance of narrative, description, dialogue, and action. Learn ow to research publishers and the novels they publish. Use these skill to interpret submission guidelines to prepare a professional submission package selected publisher or agent. Prepare a synopsis, query letter to publisher or agent and revise/polish the first three chapters of your novel.

Overview

1.  Two potential novel ideas and a letter of introduction to instructor
2.  Main character in an action scene that might occur in novel and Character Worksheet
3.  A working plan or plot summary of the novel 
4.  First Chapter of the novel, and working title with a note describing the events of Chapter 2 and Writing goals update note to instructor
5.  Second chapter of the novel with a note describing the events of Chapter 3
6.  Third chapter of the novel. Writing goals update note to instructor
7.  Revision of first chapter
8.  Submission of Packet for Novel

3 Chapters
Query/Cover Letter
Author Bio
Book Synopsis
Publisher’s Choice Form

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course

Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Course Manual is your road map to a finished novel. Step by Step, with your instructor by your side, it will lead you through the process of writing a novel.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell
Your Novel Course

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, Writer’s Digest Books.

This handbook includes dozens of essays by masters of the novel. You'll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally, and finding inspiration you need to finish your work.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell
Your Novel Course

Novel and Short Story Writer Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published, Amy Jones, editor, ISBN-13: 978-1440354939.

The Novel and Short Story Writer Market book will help unlock the secret of a successful submission package for an editor or agent. You’ll use this market directory in conjunction with outside research and your instructor’s suggestions to determine exactly what to include and where to send your submission package.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell
Your Novel Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

IFW Background   Email14

Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Course Manual is your road map to a finished novel. Step by Step, with your instructor by your side, it will lead you through the process of writing a novel.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, Writer’s Digest Books.

This handbook includes dozens of essays by masters of the novel. You'll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally, and finding inspiration you need to finish your work.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course

Novel and Short Story Writer Market: he Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published, Amy Jones, editor, ISBN-13: 978-1440354939.

The Novel and Short Story Writer Market book will help unlock the secret of a successful submission package for an editor or agent. You’ll use this market directory in conjunction with outside research and your instructor’s suggestions to determine exactly what to include and where to send your submission package.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

With ICL, all course materials are included. Details below:
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Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Course Manual is your road map to a finished novel. Step by Step, with your instructor by your side, it will lead you through the process of writing a novel.

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The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, Writer’s Digest Books.

This handbook includes dozens of essays by masters of the novel. You’ll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally, and finding inspiration you need to finish your work.

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Novel and Short Story Writer Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published, Amy Jones, editor, ISBN-13: 978-1440354939.

<i>The Novel and Short Story Writer Market</i> book will help unlock the secret of a successful submission package for an editor or agent. You’ll use this market directory in conjunction with outside research and your instructor’s suggestions to determine exactly what to include and where to send your submission package.

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Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications: Talk Abouts.

Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course Tuition

The Institute for Writers makes it easy for you to receive a high quality writing program at an affordable rate. Everything you need to complete Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel is included in your course tuition. Choose which payment option best fits your needs.

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