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Novel Workshop
September 28 to January 25

5 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


with Miah Arnold
Wednesdays Sept 28 – January 25

from 3 to 5
Novel Workshop:

Maybe you’ve been in a great short story or poetry or essay workshop. What about the novel? It’s hard to find a workshop that focuses on the novel even though it is arguably, after the movies, the mostest of all contemporary art forms. In any case, you haven’t made a movie but you do have a novel, or at least you’ve labored long and hard on sprawling document that just maybe could, if you just had the right sounding board, come together or fall apart in just the right way. How many writing teachers who are published novelists are willing to run part of the marathon with you? Miah Arnold is.

The novel workshop is a workshop for people with novels at least half completed upon the start date of the class. This is not a novel writing workshop – it is a workshop for people who have already written their novels, and who are looking for considered feedback. This workshop has two kinds of participants: those who want to workshop their novels (5 spaces), those who just want to read and learn from watching the others in the workshop (5 spaces). Unlike most other workshops, including novel workshops, we’ll read entire works up to 400 double spaced, 12 point font pages (speak to me if you have a question related to this). Reader participants will not write novels, they will read and contribute to discussion, and learn from discussions about the tricks and trades of writing a novel.

Writer participants class cost, $800: Writer participants will turn in at least 150 pages of a novel, preferably a finished novel. Each participant in the class will read the whole novel, comment on it as a whole, and read a short revision in January. This workshop is shorter per meeting day than a regular worksohp (2 hours) because we’ll only discuss one work per class, and because students will spend much longer out of class reading your work.

Reader participants cost, free: Readers get to read the work of working writers, discuss their work, and learn from class discussions about the process of writing a novel. They are encouraged to sign up for the spring workshop as writers, but not required to. Please put the following discount code in so you won’t be charged, but will still be signed up: reader

We will meet mostly every other week, with the exception of the last three meetings which will meet every week.

September 28:
Novel: Discuss a Novel, TBA
Discuss a novel we’ve all read ahead of time. Work out how a good novel should play out. Class rules. Introduce ourselves and our project.

Week Two:
October 12
Discuss First Novel. Turn in 2 to 3 page notes. One student comes in with a presentation on an aspect of novel writing troubling them.

Week Three:
October 26
Discuss Second Novel

Week Four:
November 9
Discuss Third Novel.

Week Five:
November 30
Discuss Fourth Novel.

Week Six:
December 7
Discuss Fifth Novel. (We could consider making this a 3 hour class, with two novels discussed to skip week Seven)

Week Seven:
December 14 (does not skip a week!)
Discuss Revisions

Week Eight:
Janruary 11
Read 30 page revisions of Novel 1 and 2 .

Week Nine:
January 18
Read 30 page revisions of Novel 3 and 4.

Week Ten
January 25
Read 30 page revisions of Novel 5

Miah Arnold is the author of the novel Sweet Land of Bigamy, and the essay “You Owe Me” which appeared in Best American Essays of 2011. She has taught writing workshops in a wonderful variety of locations and forms since 1998. She received her Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She is the director of Grackle & Grackle Writing Enterprises.

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The Grackle Writing Studio is a small upstairs garage apartment/writing studio on the northern end of the Houston Heights, right off the N. Main Exit of i-45.  It’s cozy, the classes cap at 12, and our students are curious and intelligent people who help grow the feeling of community and camaraderie most writers need to maintain a happy and productive writing life.  The workshop leaders have all had years of experience publishing and teaching writing in universities, schools, and community workshop settings.

We also create classes tailored to specific locales and venues for trainings, parties, or retreats. We have worked extensively in private, medical, corporate, school, and non-profit settings.

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3 reviews for Novel Workshop
September 28 to January 25

  1. 5 out of 5


    A great workshop for anyone in the early stages of drafting your novel. I was a part of the class back in the fall of 2015 and had a terrific experience! It’s the rare chance to get extensive, constructive feedback on your novel—from multiple readers—in a casual workshop setting. Miah is an expert facilitator as well as an insightful reader. Her wise comments and the input I got from the other workshop participants have definitely put me closer to publication.

  2. 5 out of 5


    If you’re working on a novel, you probably already know how hard it is to find a workshop that meets your particular needs–namely your need to have lots of pages read and critiqued, and have the whole arc of your novel analyzed and discussed. This is exactly what the Grackle workshop offers. Miah is a dedicated and insightful reader–and I want to emphasize the ‘dedicated.’ She read my 400 page ms twice before commenting on it. I got very helpful feedback from her and from my workshop-mates as well. The whole process definitely helped my novel. Highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5


    I had a great time in this class. During the course I received useful and honest feedback from Miah and my classmates regarding both general story arc and more specific use of language issues within my novel, and because of their input, my story ended up much better by the end of the class. I would recommend this class to anyone serious about turning their early draft into a final one.

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