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Lisa Doctor's UCLA Extension Writers Program Workshops

Lisa Doctor's UCLA Extension Writers Program Workshops

Beginning Monday, October 3rd (7 PM – 10 PM) for 10 weeks

Course # X466.16 Registration # W6917
Before You Begin the Novel: An Exploration of Character and Story

Facing the blank page can be an intimidating experience. What is the universal theme you’re trying to communicate? What does the protagonist really want? In this workshop, you create a personalized “encyclopedia” of material to use as a reference when writing the novel. Through individualized exercises tailored to each writer in the room, you explore the protagonist’s history, fears, and desires, as well as his or her relationship to the antagonist. You identify the larger theme that draws you to this particular story, a basic outline of the beginning, middle, and end, and the emotional arc of the protagonist. By the end of the workshop, you have in your arsenal many important elements to get you started so that the blank page remains blank no more. This course is open to writers of all levels who are eager to begin writing their novel.

To enroll online:

By phone:
(818) 784-7006

By mail:
UCLA Extension
P.O. Box 24901
Department K
Los Angeles, CA 90024-0901

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