Monday, April 16, 2012

Getting Started: Writing Your First Novel - A Master Class with Mark Sarvas

Always wanted to write a novel, but have no clue where to start?

Join us for...

GETTING STARTED: Writing Your First Novel
A One-Day Master Class with Mark Sarvas 

Mark Sarvas has taught his master class, GETTING STARTED, at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the University of Nebraska and around the world, and he currently teaches novel writing at UCLA.

There is no single road map to writing literary fiction, and without the support of a writing program, getting started on a first novel can seem especially bewildering. In this day-long master class session with Mark Sarvas, internationally noted blogger, reviewer and debut novelist, students will have the chance to learn how to direct their efforts from the outset. With working sessions on theme, language, character, story, beginnings and "reading like a writer", Sarvas makes this enormous undertaking seem a little less forbidding. Straight-talking, opinionated and passionate, Sarvas will look at instructive examples past and present and send students off ready to commit that manuscript to paper.

"Mark is very knowledgeable and as a published author he is able to convey to a beginning writer a 'real world' approach to writing and the challenges involved in completing a novel."
Sunday, May 6th 
Regular Registration: $300 
*** Early Bird Discounted Registration for the First 5 Signups: $250 *** 
*** For discount, enter promo code: EBDSARVAS ***
Limited Seats Available
Buy your tickets HERE:
open to members & non-members
1001 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401 

About Mark Sarvas: 

Mark Sarvas's debut novel Harry, Revised (Bloomsbury) was a Denver Post Best Book of 2008 and a finalist for the So Cal Independent Booksellers Association's Fiction Award. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages in 15 countries. Sarvas's literary blog, The Elegant Variation, was a Forbes Magazine Best of the Web pick, and a Los Angeles magazine Top L.A. Blog. His reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Threepenny Review, and The Barnes and Noble Review, among others. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN American Center.   


"Mark Sarvas's first novel is funny and sad, rueful, wised-up and curiously moving. A remarkable debut."
~Booker Prize winner John Banville, bestselling author of The Sea

"A scathingly funny but also wise and tender debut."
~Sam Lipsyte, Home Land

"Mark Sarvas's debut novel is fun, fast and heartfelt."
~Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End

"A marvelous, enviable debut."
~Andrew Sean Greer, The Confessions of Max Tivoli

"Brilliantly funny and heart-wrenching."
~Library Journal

"A self-assured, comic and satisfying story."
~Publishers Weekly

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