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6-Month Novel Mentorship Program with Kelly Luce

Program Begins February 3, 2020

APPLY BY JANUARY 20, 2020

 

We are very excited to offer a limited enrollment 6-Month Novel Mentorship Program with award-winning novelist Kelly Luce, the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object), winner of Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, and the novel Pull Me Under (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), a Book of the Month Club selection and one of Elle’s Best Books of 2016. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ucross Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Sun, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Southern Review, and other publications. She received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, where she was editor-in-chief of Bat City Review and editorial assistant for the O. Henry Prize Anthology. She is the editor of the Electric Literature’s Commuter and was a 2016-17 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. 

This is an immersive course designed to shepherd hardworking writers to THE END of their manuscript and identify next steps for the project (revision, querying agents, publication, etc.). 

The Ideal Applicant has the discipline to be an online student and the desire to complete a novel manuscript during the program. Applicants should have at least 20K words of a novel written (a messy draft is fine) and an outline of the story. The outline can be loose, and can and probably will change drastically over the six months; the exercise is important so that the applicant can picture the entire span of the story. The goal is to have a full novel draft at the end of the six months. 

Whether you are still working on your idea or are well into writing it, this mentorship will meet you where you are, and motivate and inspire both beginning and advanced novelists. Writers accepted into the program will already have a basic knowledge of the tools and craft of writing fiction and are looking for an intensive experience without the cost of a graduate program. Interested applicants will want to be a part of a thriving and intimate fiction cohort and understand that growth in craft requires critique, consistent work, and an eagerness to grow. Accepted applicants will agree to be punctual in submission of work. This is in fairness to Kelly, the other students in the course, and themselves.

How It Works:

Upon acceptance into the mentorship program, you will schedule an initial one-on-one call with Kelly to discuss your novel and your goals, allowing Kelly to get a sense of your previous experience and attitude toward feedback. Together, you’ll create a work plan for the next six months. 

Revision is writing. Revision will be a key part of the mentorship. Writers will get monthly personalized deadlines to turn in new work AND revised work. The bulk of the mentorship will consist of Kelly giving extensive feedback and advice within the manuscript itself, as well as via follow-up emails that will develop organically. Critique will include notes on character, plot, style, dialogue, POV, as well as general feedback on writing tics and areas of natural strengths and weakness. Kelly may recommend craft books or articles, or send scans of novel excerpts, etc. that she thinks will help the writer.

The number of pages due will depend on the writer and their project, which can be worked out in the initial conversation (or organically as you go). In that monthly submission, you will also send a letter (2-3 pages) detailing the craft topics you’re exploring, notes on books you will have read during that month (whether directly related to the project or not), and your areas of concern and victory that month. Sharing your own sense of victory is as important as sharing the areas of challenge. 

This Six-Month Mentorship Consists of the Following:

  • One-on-one initial consult via phone, email, or GChat

  • Personalized calendar for achieving your project goals

  • Accountability

  • Access to mentor via email for six months

  • Monthly critique of pages, including line edits and bigger-picture notes and questions (done in Microsoft Word using Track Changes)

  • Personalized readings and assignments based on your specific development needs

  • A private portal within Wet Ink for the cohort for encouragement and sharing resources

  • Access to a community of dedicated writers

  • Continued access to the portal after the end of the term, potentially to include future students who complete the next mentorship.

 Mentor’s Monthly Input:

  • Emails that discuss individual monthly goals and progress

  • In-line comments and critique on submitted manuscript pages

  • Based on each month’s accomplishments, mentor will suggest new readings or exercises to aid in growth

  • Available to answer questions and provide encouragement via portal 

Mentee’s Monthly Responsibilities:

  • Send pages to mentor based on individual project goals negotiated with mentor

  • Process-reflection letter discussing achievements and areas of growth for the month

  • Participate in group discussions online via private portal

  • Read articles or craft books mentor may assign to aid growth in specific areas

  • Participate in email conversation with mentor to review individual progress and areas of growth

Application Process:

Complete Application Questionnaire at the top of this page and submit a ten-page writing sample using standard manuscript format to blake@writingworkshopsdallas.com. Please title the email “SAMPLE: 6 Month Novel Mentorship with Kelly Luce”.

Tuition Payment:

Full tuition for the 6-month program is $3,200. Accepted writers must commit to the full six months and meet all assigned deadlines. Once accepted into the program, writers can pay the tuition in full or in two equal payments of $1,600 (1st payment made by February 3rd, 2020, and 2nd payment made by March 15th, 2020).

Important Dates for 6-Month Novel Mentorship with Kelly Luce:

  • 1/20 - Application Deadline

  • 1/27 - Acceptance to Program Announced

  • 2/3 - 2/7 Initial consults via phone/Gchat/email scheduled

  • 2/17 Packet #1 Due

  • 3/2   Latest you’ll receive feedback from Kelly on Packet #1

  • 3/23 Packet #2 Due

  • 4/6   Latest you’ll receive feedback from Kelly on Packet #2

  • 4/27   Packet #3 Due

  • 5/18 Latest you’ll receive feedback from Kelly on Packet #3

  • 6/8   Packet #4 due

  • 6/22 Latest you’ll receive feedback from Kelly on Packet #4

  • 7/13 Packet #5 Due

  • 7/27 Latest you’ll receive feedback from Kelly on Packet #5

  • 8/17 Packet #6 Due

  • 8/31 Latest you’ll receive feedback from Kelly on Packet #6

  • 9/1-9/4 Individual wrap-up consults via phone/Gchat/email with Kelly

Additional Program Information:

  • Tuition is $3,200

  • Class size limited to 6-8 writers

  • Program dates: February 3, 2020, to September 1, 2020

  • NOTE: Shifting some dates around may be necessary but any changes will be communicated well in advance, if possible.  

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this mentorship program.


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Mentor Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object), winner of Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, and the novel Pull Me Under (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), a Book of the Month Club selection and one of Elle’s Best Books of 2016. She grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ucross Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Southern Review, and other publications. She received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin in 2015. She is the editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading Commuter and was a 2016-17 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives in an old grist mill in Knoxville, Tennessee.