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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Alan Watt

What you'll learn in this novel writing course:

This class is NOT an in-person class, but a telecourse class. You need access to a phone to dial in to the live class.

The 90-Day Novel Telecourse is an intensive workshop designed to guide the writer from initial idea to the completion of a first draft. This program is available for both fiction writers and memoirists, and is offered to writers at all levels.

The 90-Day Novel Course Outline

Month One: Imagining The World Of The Story (Creating an Outline)
The first four weeks are dedicated to stream-of-consciousness writing exercises as you begin to develop a relationship to the world of your story. As you inquire into the nature of your premise, images and ideas naturally emerge. Al Watt works one-on-one with each writer to illustrate the process of seeing beneath the premise to the primal forces at work. There are no rules to novel-writing, but there are story principles and tools to help you develop a more specific and dynamic version of your story. Many writers have had the experience of getting stuck halfway through their work. 

The 90-Day Novel helps free writers from limiting ideas they may have of their story, and provides tools to explore the story in a deeper way. Below is a brief outline of the weekly topics covered.

Week One
  • Imagining the world of the story
  • The dilemma at the heart of the story
  • Exploring the protagonist’s goal
  • Why you are uniquely qualified to write this book
Week Two
  • Story Structure lecture
  • The nature of the premise
  • Building an outline
  • Plot versus theme
Week Three
  • Narrative drive
  • Exploring the antagonistic forces
  • Deepening the outline
  • Writing the forbidden
Week Four
  • Show, don’t tell
  • Beginnings, middles and endings
  • Backstory
  • Story analysis
Months Two And Three: Writing The First Draft
The remaining sixty-two days of the workshop involve writing roughly 750-1000 words per day, as the instructor guides you through the hero’s journey. Three weeks are spent on Act One, four weeks on Act Two, and the remaining two weeks on Act Three. 

Week Five Writing Act One - Narrative voice
  • Writing the beginning
  • Setting up the dilemma
  • Inciting Incident
Week Six Writing Act One
  • The opposing argument
  • Characters behave uncharacteristically
  • Giving yourself permission to  write poorly
Week Seven Writing Act One
  • The protagonist makes a decision
  • What if I’ve fallen behind?
  • Backstory…revisited
Week Eight Writing Act Two
  • The protagonist experiences false hope
  • Blind spots
  • Making the scene dynamic
Week Nine Writing Act Two: The Midpoint
  • The protagonist experiences temptation
  • The nature of commitment
  • Stepping into the unknown
Week Ten Writing Act Two
  • The protagonist suffers
  • Story isn’t linear
  • Raising the stakes
Week Eleven Writing Act Two
  • Lecture on surrender
  • The protagonist’s dark night of the soul
  • Making the impossible possible
Week Twelve Writing Act Three
  • Reframing the protagonist’s goal
  • Protagonist accepts the reality of  the situation
  • The protagonist is stripped bare
Week Thirteen Writing Act Three
  • Our protagonist takes action
  • Transformation: avoiding the deus ex machina ending
  • Battle scene: the dilemma is resolved
  • The hero is returned home
Final Class
  • Completion of first draft
  • How to proceed from here
The standard 90-Day Novel workshop includes:
  • 13 Live 90-Minute Workshops every Monday from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

  • Q&As - Email your questions to me. I'll go over them LIVE at the end of each workshop and work one-on-one with writers as needed.

  • Playback Access to the workshops for at least 7 days following each respective class.

  • 90 Daily Letters outlining the process.

  • Story Structure Worksheets and over two hundred Stream-Of-Consciousness Writing Exercises.

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Refund Policy
Cancellation up to the day the workshop begins. No refund once the workshop has begun. However, The 90-Day Novel and 90-Day Screenplay workshops only require half tuition up front and remainder paid by the fifth week.


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The 90-Day Novel Telecourse
Reviewed by Anonymous on 9/4/2019
Love this class - excellent guide through writing the first draft of your novel. Alan really takes the time to work with you and ensure you're staying on track.

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L.A. Writer's Lab is a Los Angeles-based creative writing workshop catering to writers at all levels. Home of The 90-day novel workshop, our goal is to teach writers a process of getting the story from their imagination to the page by marrying the wildness of the imagination to the rigor of story structure....

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