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Verso University Presents: The Intermediate Novel

August 15, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

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The answers to your story’s questions are in your first draft. In this four-week intermediate novel workshop, you will generate pages and explore and apply key elements of craft: character development, setting, point of view, scene vs. narration, conflict, and suspense and structure. You will also learn to evaluate your current writing process to determine what’s working and not working for you. Beware: YOU WILL WRITE!

Class meets four consecutive Tuesdays, from 8/8 through 8/29, from 3-4:30 pm in The Library's Brooks Place program room.


Instructor: Patricia Dunn

Patricia Dunn aka T.M. Dunn, author of the young adult novel, Rebels by Accident (Sourcebooks Fire). Of her first novel for adults, Last Stop on the 6 (Bordighera Press, November 2021), Kirkus Reviews says, "A novel that brings the Bronx to teeming life with a wry marriage of drama and humor." Her forthcoming novel, Her Father's Daughter, is a psychological thriller (Crooked Lane, 2023). Her writing has appeared in Salon, The Village Voice, The Nation, LA Weekly, and The Christian Science Monitor. She has also been published in The New York Times best-selling anthology, Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women (Soft Skull), and elsewhere.

Dunn has served as senior director of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, where she holds an MFA in creative writing. She coaches aspiring and established writers and teaches creative writing workshops at Westport Writers' Workshop. This Italian-American, Bronx-raised rebel has traveled the world. She lives in Stamford, where she is currently working on her next novel, with her rescue puppy Blanqui snuggled at her side.


Verso University is the Library’s lifelong learning and education initiative, serving up year-round offerings of classes, workshops, and lectures designed to further education and learning. Offerings run the gamut of educational opportunities, ranging from one-time lectures to ongoing courses to classes that meet weekly or perhaps monthly.

Verso University programs are made possible by the generous support of the Nancy J. Beard Lifelong Learning and Education Fund.

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August 15, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Brooks Place, The Westport Library
20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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