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How to Plan and Write a Novel Course (7/20/19)

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Collaboration Studio (HCS) at HCC

1602 N. 15th St.

Tampa, FL 33605 Map

Parking:  Free parking is available in the surface lot at Collaboration Studio.  Overflow parking is available in the 15th Street Garage behind Collaboration Studio.  However, validation for the garage may not be available on nights and weekends, so students may be responsible for parking fees.  If you park in the garage you must be out by 7:00 PM.

Room:  115

Day:  Saturday 

Date:  7/20/19 - 8/24/19 

Time:  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Subject Matter Disclosure:  Although writing about sexual or violent related incidents is at no way discouraged from this course, it is something that needs to be addressed. Sex and violence shall be kept between the writer and the instructor and will not be work-shopped. If a piece does include sex or violence and the writer would like the instructor to look at the piece, please make arrangements with the instructor. 

The syllabus will be provided on the first day of class.

Description: I believe nearly all of us have at least one good novel inside of us patiently waiting to be shared with the world. Where you start and how you progress these thoughts into words and the journey of your story, is what this course is designed to help you accomplish.

Over a six week period we will go over the many aspects that you as upcoming writers will need to consider, and or practice to complete your novel that explores the full imagination of the readers.

My goal for this course will be to help you understand why there are many steps for you to consider during the development of your novel, which include but not limited to the following:

  • Designing a footprint for your story
  • Research for the book
  • Developing a character list
  • Prioritizing the characters (A,B,C’s)
  • Compiling a list of chapters with titles
  • Building the layers of the story
  • The purpose of the story
  • How to engage the reader's imagination
  • Structuring the sentences
  • Building depth and emotion
  • The importance of inner monologue
  • What does the Title of your book say
  • The cover
  • The synopsis
  • Author Bio
  • Introduction
  • Who is your intended reader
  • Editing
  • Proof reading
  • Journeys end and next steps

Instructor John Phillips:  After spending many years in the corporate world, both in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical world, John took a sabbatical to fulfill and cross off his bucket list to write his novel “The Dark Hurts’ which is now published. His second book is now in the works “The Piano Man’ and with two more books on the drawing board.

John was born in Southern England. After finishing his education in London and with three qualifications, he spent many years in the Chemical Industry, which took him to destinations throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. The frequent and long flights gave John’s interest in writing a chance to grow first with technical presentations at both national and international conferences around the world, and then later developing story lines for his novels.

John moved to the USA in August 1998, arriving in Tampa, Florida. Tampa continues to be his home, where he lives with his wife, Cristy, and their two dogs. When asked about life, John states: “I have been lucky enough to travel around the world several times. To me, travel is knowledge. Where you go, and who you meet makes you who you are. My family, extended family, friends - all of them - makes this chapter in my life so meaningful. I am excited to embrace all the chapters still to come!”

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