Posted by: anitanolan | December 13, 2011

Year-long Novel Writing Workshop at Pearl S. Buck House

 I’ll be conducting a one-year novel-writing workshop at the Pearl S. Buck House in Perkasie, PA (in Upper Bucks County). Registration is due by Jan. 15th.

Here’s the press release:

Author and editor Anita Nolan, will offer a new year-long writing workshop taking participants through the novel-writing process. It will meet for 6 teaching workshops and is suitable for adult novel writers wanting to write manuscripts for middle school to adult audiences.  The Novel Writing Workshops will be held the fourth Saturday of the following months from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. (1/28, 2/25, 4/28, 6/23, 9/22, 11/17) at Pearl S. Buck International.

  • Session One: (January 28th) Come with a plot idea or a character in mind, or just a desire to write a novel. We will discuss brainstorming, plotting, characterizations, and point of view, formatting, writing a pitch and a synopsis before writing the manuscript.
  • Session Two: ( February 25th) Participants can submit their first pages in advance for an instructor critique. We’ll discuss issues found in those first pages to illustrate things done well or common problems. We’ll discuss what first chapters should include.
  • Session Three: ( April 28th) Showing, not telling, voice, handling dialogue, tags.
  • Session Four: ( June 23rd) Turning points, transitions, subplots, writing in scenes.
  • Session Five: (September 22nd) Conflict, adding tension on every page, creating a backstory.
  • Session Six: (November 17) What’s next? Wrapping it all up.

Please register by January 15th.

Fees:  $25.00 per session  OR  pay $120.00 in advance and receive the following extras:

  • March 31st and July 21st. Morning write-ins. Spend the morning working on your manuscript. No lesson these sessions, but instructor will be available to help you over hurdles.

·       Enjoy unlimited participation in the Yahoo Writing Group that will be formed to exchange ideas, work out problems, and keep track of participant’s progress.

For more information:

Cynthia L. Louden, Chr.

Pearl S. Buck Writing Center

clouden @ pearlsbuck . org
(take out the spaces)


Act 48 Available to Teachers/BCIU

Pearl S. Buck International® is a nonprofit organization continuing the legacy and dreams of our founder, author, activist, and humanitarian, Pearl S. Buck. For more information, visit our website at

You can also contact me with questions (but not to register)

anita  @ anitanolan . com

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