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Story Notes: Planning and Structuring Your Novel with Malik Toms

Date(s): Mondays, January 29 - February 12, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Memoir, Science Fiction

$149 Regular, $135 ASU Affiliate, $99 Student

About the Class

At the edge of our collective imagination sits a single thought: I want to write my novel. It waits there in the shadows cast by the frenetic pace of daily life. It waits, hidden by thoughts like how can we make time? How can we stick to our goal when we hit a roadblock? How can we make something that is interesting enough to want to read? It all starts with a plan. Together we are going to go through the stages of a plan that moves your novel from informal idea to a tightly woven outline enriched with subplot, character development, and a satisfying finish. In this three-week workshop, you will learn how to develop a timeline for writing your novel and stick to it. A series of discussions, worksheets, and presentations will help you develop that characters and pivotal story moments that define your story. From there we will build the connection points between the chapters and fill in the story beats that keep a reader engaged from start to finish. Perhaps most importantly, you will figure what that novel is lurking at the edge of your imagination, and design a plan to finish it.

Meet Your Instructor

Malik Toms was born and raised in Harlem, New York, and is a 20+ year veteran of the pen and keyboard. He did his undergraduate work in Sociology at Iowa State University, working as a drug rehabilitation counselor before returning to college to pursue a graduate degree in Creative Writing. He published his first short story at the age 18 after two years of "No thanks." Since then he has worked as a freelance author, which is a bit like being a freelance mercenary minus all the bullets and moral ambiguity.