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Novel Immersion: Write a novel. Receive valuable feedback.
Do you want to write a novel? Have you started one you'd like to finish? Or perhaps you've finished one, but you know it's not quite ready for publication? You recognize that the story is not as interesting as you'd like, but you're not sure why. Or maybe you never got much past the beginning.
Write a Novel . . .
The Novel Immersion program, which I lead (read about me HERE), guides you through the process of writing a novel from start to finish. You will be inspired to write regularly, a page a day, five days a week. Two hundred and sixty pages in fifty-two weeks. If you can manage two pages a day, you'll be finished your first draft in six months.
I mostly teach the program one-on-one but have also taught it successfully in small groups of two to five participants by request. To lead you through the novel writing process, I post weekly instructional lessons on writing craft. At the end of each week, you may send up to five pages of writing for my feedbackgenerally one scene that makes use of the principles discussed that week.
Write a Novel with Illustrated advice . . .
I use published novels, film clips, and short stories to illustrate various principles, and a discussion thread for exercises and questions. The result is personal, ongoing coaching that allows you to learn and continue writing forward.
Write a Novel and stay motivated . . . learn more
This process keeps writers motivated, and allows me to teach more in-depth and subtle principles than is possible in most courses or manuscript evaluations. Weekly feedback makes it easy to follow up on issues and make swift changes that affect the direction of the narrative.
Work, play, family, other commitments. We all have them. They can keep us from writing, or we can find a way to incorporate the writing into regular life. Writers involved in the Novel Immersion program are eager to submit each week.
Becoming a writer means being creative enough to find the time and the place in your life for writing. ~ Heather Sellers
We can think about writing, or we can do it. We can write a novel, or we can talk about writing it.
You will learn technique from the novelists we discuss. They will inspire you to follow their example or try something newthe only rule is that you write regularly to gain the momentum that comes with consistently thinking about the story.
At first, you won't write polished prose. You'll get ideas down, flesh out characters, work through plot, and determine structure. Once you have all that, you'll go through the draft again, with an eye for detail.
Then we'll talk about what to do with the manuscript.
Write a Novel . . . with guided instruction
Write a Novel. What others are saying ...
Write a Novel with Illustrated advice . . .
If you're at all like me, you've always wanted to work on your writing but rarely carve out the time necessary to do it justice. If you can find 30 minutes a day to write, five days of the week, then Pearl Luke's Novel Immersion Progeam will take you to those creative places you long for.
Each weekly lesson is tailored to a specific aspect of the writing craft. Pearl's feedback on my work is both encouraging and useful...Pearl has done an excellent job of
creating a workshop in a format that would rival any course on any college or university campus. ~ Linda McDaniel, Lake Cowichan, BC
Participating in the Novel Immersion program has been the best decision I could have made to further my writing and I consider it one of the best decisions I have made in my life. The weekly submission format not only keeps me writing on a regular schedule but I get immediate feedback that I have been able to incorporate quickly into my ongoing work. Not only do I get the benefit of Pearl's professional review, but the comments from my fellow participants provide a valuable diversity of views on my work.
This perhaps has been
the biggest surprise benefit of the formatjust how much I can
learn from reading the work of peers, seeing how they deal with their
challenges, and receiving their comments on my work. Reading the
comments on my work is one of the highlights of my week. I've become
addicted to writing. ~ John Geddes, Vancouver, BC
The Novel Immersion program provides me with the format I need to write a novel. It helps me to
consistently write, while in an excellent learning environment. Pearl
is a master at the craft and provides immediate feedback which I can
use to edit and refine my weekly submissions...If you are serious about writing, this course
has what you need to succeed. ~ Judy Wiesner, Minneapolis, MN, USA
With no real background in writing other than a couple of workshops and some previous experience being mentored by Pearl Luke, I started to write a
novel, my first. I had characters, an outline, and about 100 pages when I used one of my lifelines and emailed Pearl for help. I followed her suggestion and joined the Novel
Immersion Program [in a group], and it has been a huge benefit for me. Not only do I receive Pearl's expert opinion, but also that of four other writers. And I read what we say to one
another. I take all of that and apply it to my work in progress and I am motivated to write more and to write better. I deeply appreciate Pearl, the group process, and
the continuing encouragement to write. ~ Paul Burgoyne, Langley, BC
I find the course 'work intensive' with novels to read and to comment on, and with a great bunch of co-writers who give so much encouragement and help
to the lonely writer in his/her den. Added to which, we have a balanced and discriminating leader in Pearl who gives us sound yet stimulating comments and who throws light
on how we should consider transitions, scene setting and a whole host of 'pearls of wisdom', no pun intended. There are moments of elation when a new technique is grasped
and begins to work in ways not experienced before despite having read all those books on "How to Write." This is a challenging and inspiring course to be part of.
~ Margaret Gill, Old, Northamptonshire, UK
Reading about writing is not the same as writing. Pearl gets you writing every day; it's challenging, it's invigorating,
and it works. ~ Sari Sikstrom, Vancouver, BC
I am absolutely addicted to Pearl Luke's writing course. In the few weeks I've been taking this class, my writing has improved dramatically...It has given me confidence
to continue writing the book I set out to write, and to write it better. Prior to the class I had been writing in isolation. No longer. ~ Allison Doke, Marietta, GA, USA
CLICK HERE to contact me and register. Tell me a little about yourself, where you are in your writing career, and whether
you're just beginning a novel or want to rework an existing draft.