Novel Writing


Novel Writing

suggested for ages 11-18

Course Details

In this ambitious, project-based, creative writing elective, aspiring authors will write an original novel or long form work of their choice. Writing a novel is no small feat for most adults, but at Juni we believe that with the right instruction and coaching, middle and high school students are up to the challenge!

Through the ongoing project of writing an original novel, students build fundamental creative writing skills. At the beginning of the course, each student sets a word count goal with their instructor. Students expand their creativity by drafting scenes of their novel in almost every session with their instructors, and they practice accountability by hitting word count targets before moving onto subsequent modules. Along the way, students learn and apply the foundational elements of novel writing, including character development, narrative structure, setting description, plot creation, and dialogue craft. This course is open to middle and high school students.

Course Curriculum

This course typically takes 4-7 months to complete. This depends on the target word count the student sets for their final project, their dedication to their writing, and their availability to work on their novel outside of sessions.

Character & Conflict

NW1 Course Overview & Goal Setting

NW2 Developing a Protagonist and an Antagonist

NW3 Novel Drafting: Introducing Your Characters

NW4 Generating Conflict

NW5 Novel Drafting: Setting the Scene

Plot & Narration

NW6 Structuring Plot

NW7 Character Development

NW8 Narration

Check In #1

Setting & Dialogue

NW9 Describing Setting

NW10 Writing Dialogue

NW11 Novel Drafting: Conflict

Finishing Your Novel

NW12 Novel Drafting: Falling Action & Resolution

Check In #2