Emerging Novel Writer’s Workshop

$189.00 / month for 4 months

Are you between the ages of 16-24 and ready to write your novel? Our supportive, fun, and highly productive 4-month summer workshop gives you everything you need to write a complete draft of your book!

Emerging Novel Writer’s Workshop Begins May 24, 2021 (Online)

Pre-registration is free. Enrollment is based on a first-come first-serve basis.

Sign up today and start writing!

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Perhaps writing a book has been on your radar for a while– or perhaps you’re realizing that this summer will be another unusual one and wouldn’t it be incredible to do this extraordinary thing, so when COVID is over, you will have achieved something most people only dream about doing?

This workshop provides you with everything you need to write an entire novel. It’s supportive, interactive, and highly productive. In only 4 months, you can go from having only a tendril of a story idea to a full manuscript draft.

Not a bad way to spend what we hope will be our last pandemic summer!

Writing a book is one of the most thrilling things a person can do- people look at you differently, and with respect, for having spent the time on such an endeavor. A book opens incredible doors to future prospects as well, such as job opportunities, other creative works, and so much more. If you ever wanted to set yourself apart from your peers, a book is an incredible way to do it.

Plus, on a more global level, your perspective as an emerging writer is what will affect change, inspire critical thought, and further inclusivity and community. Your creative work in essence makes the world a much better place.

We’ve created this novel workshop because we want you to succeed in writing your book.

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The Workshop

In 4 months, guided by a professional writing instructor and surrounded by positive support from peer writers, supplemented with lessons, resources, worksheets, and a writing schedule, you can write an entire book draft — and have fun while doing it!

Instruction: Each week, you will receive a comprehensive lesson in writing craft that correlates to the novel writing process. These lessons include video, text, links to additional resources and readings, and downloadable worksheets and anchor the learning and support you with insights, strategies, and suggestions as you develop your story.

Conversation: Discussion forums will accompany the lessons so you can ask questions, talk through ideas, and share strategies with your fellow writers and instructor. The online classroom is open 24/7, so you can chime in daily and keep the conversation flowing.

Writing Schedule: A daily writing schedule is provided, so you know on every single day where you should be with your manuscript and help your peers keep accountable. Writing 3-4 pages per day, 5 days per week, for 4 months with the energy and support of the group and instructor will yield a full book draft by the end of the workshop.

Workshop: The participants may submit early manuscript pages according to a schedule for a live weekly “generative” workshop led by the instructor, which will give the writers the opportunity to ask questions and engage in constructive conversation about the development of the story, characters, and structure of the book.


May 24- August 30, 2021*

4 months (between 16-18 weeks*)


Live weekly meetings over video conference and conversation, resources, and information in a secure online One Lit Place classroom (available 24/7)

Weekly Meeting:
Saturdays, tentatively scheduled for 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST

Rebecca Hales

*Dates and workshop duration may shift slightly to accommodate number of participants

Instructor Bio

woman with brown hair smilingRebecca Hales is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Bell Media Prime Time TV program and holds an MFA from University of British Columbia. In 2016 she was awarded the Telefilm New Voices award at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and was one of the Corus Entertainment Writer’s Apprentice Program participants at the Banff World Media Festival. Her credits include an episode of Travelers, the Showcase/Netflix sci-fi series from showrunner Brad Wright (Stargate franchise), working in the development room of Solstice, another Brad Wright original series, interning on the CTV drama series Saving Hope, and the Women in Film and Television Toronto Showcase award winning short film “Dissecting Gwen.” She is currently developing a political crime thriller with Rusty Halo Productions, a half-hour comedy series with creative partners in Toronto and LA, and multiple solo projects.

What the Workshop Includes:

  • 20 comprehensive lessons and instruction on the craft and structure of the novel
  • Exercises, readings, worksheets, & additional resources
  • A progressive writing schedule and micro deadlines
  • Daily interaction and conversation
  • A weekly “generative” workshop element that supports new novel draft pages & open office hours

    Being supported with a secure framework around the process leaves you free to create, take risks, and focus on what matters: writing an excellent book.

    We’ve thought of everything, so all you have to do is show up and write.

Are you ready?

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Logistics: Your Writing Schedule & Time Investment

Between the daily writing, engaging with the lessons, taking part in discussions and the workshop, your time investment to write your novel will be about 9-10 hours/week.

Your Writing: the writing schedule is designed so you complete a book-length draft in 4 months (240-320 pages). To achieve a full draft during this time, you will write for 1-1.5 hours per day, 5 days per week.

This schedule can be adapted for you if you wish to write fewer pages per day for more days per week or have some days heavier writing days than others.

Daily Conversation: spending time engaging with the lesson content and in discussions and conversation with peer writers and the instructor will actively develop your skills as a writer. It is suggested the writers log in every day and chat, ask questions, share insights, and support one another.

The Workshop: each week according to a schedule there will be a generative workshop, which is an opportunity for the writers to share their developing pages in order to discuss any concerns, brainstorm story direction, or character evolution.

During this 30 min.-1 hour weekly workshop, all participants will read the work and share any insights or positive encouragement to the writer. The remaining time will serve as an open Q & A with the instructor so all students may engage in inquiry on any topic pertinent to their books or writing generally.

Inclusive Collaboration & Connection

Writers thrive when working together. Being part of a micro community in which everyone is working toward a common goal, sharing in the experience, holding one another accountable, and holding each other up changes everything and makes writing a novel fun, energetic, and motivating.

This workshop’s energy, accountability, and positive forward momentum is what pushes each writer to succeed.

Inclusive, Safe Space for All Writers: One Lit Place celebrates the individual and fosters a safe, inclusive space where every writer inclusive of all that they are and bring to the experience is valued and honored. All writers of all lived experiences are welcome.

forest and trees reflected in pondWhy Should You Write Your Novel Now?

Capitalizing on this pandemic summer in order to do something positive, productive, and life-altering will be one of the best ways to use this time.

Learn about yourself, about what you can do when you are supported in all the right creative ways, and about how capable you are of accomplishing this exciting goal by writing your book.

Writing a novel will change the trajectory of your life by showing you what you are made of, opening doors, and permanently altering the lens through which others view you.

Make this the most productive summer possible by writing your book.

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Program Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, you will have a completed book draft ready for editing to prepare it for publication.

You will gain a strong expanded skill set as a novel writer that includes an awareness of writing craft and how to use it to specific effect, learn how to support other writers and be supported in specific ways pertinent to the artist’s journey, and create friendships with peer writers that will last long into the future.

This is an incredible opportunity to take a potentially awkward pandemic summer and turn it into one of the most positive things you will ever do.

Do you feel ready to write your book?*less payment processing fees 


Now is your time to write your book.

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We’re looking forward to writing with you.

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