Brittany Hughes graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing, and subsequently earned a Masters in Teaching. She recently spent two years living in the Midwest, a landscape that inspired the setting of her novel, "Breaking Clay." ... [more]
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Janet Zupan earned her M.F.A. from the University of Montana in 1996. Her work appears in the collection, MONTANA WOMEN WRITERS: A GEOGRAPHY OF THE HEART (Far Country) ... [more]
Applications to this program are taken by email only. As an applicant, you must mail us at NOVELWRITINGPROGRAM (at) AUTHORSALON.COM, with the subject line, AUTHOR SALON NOVEL WRITING PROGRAM. In the body of the mail, you must address the following, and with the following headers (if you cannot answer for whatever reason, write "Not Applicable").
NOTE #1: all information supplied to us will be kept confidential and not shared with any third parties or any individual not a member of our program staff.
NOTE #2: if for whatever reason you do not wish to email the responses below, you may request a phone interview with one of our staff, and there will be a non-refundable charge of $50.00 paid in advance for that interview; however, you will still have to supply a sample of your writing in advance prior to scheduling the interview.
Full Name, Email, Contact Phone, City and State of Residence.
A bio focusing on your writing life and goals (50 - 200 words).
The genre of your novel or story concept, and current working title(s) if any.
A synopsis or description of your work-in-progress, or novel premise (50 - 300 words).
A sample of your writing from any source (not more than 500 words).
A statement regarding your expectations for the program (50 words max). Do you wish to obtain an agent? Work towards a series? Have us represent your work to publishers?
A brief overview of your recent favorite novels (100 words max).
OPTIONAL: your experiences at past writer conferences or in online courses (100 words max).
OPTIONAL: your experiences with literary agents and ms submissions (100 words max).
Once you are accepted into the program, you will receive an acceptance letter. Expect a response from us within five working days. Keep in mind that if you respond to the above questions in a substantive manner, thereby demonstrating you are serious and dedicated to your goals, the odds are excellent that you will be accepted into this program. Upon receiving an acceptance letter, you may register below.
Do You Offer Scholarships?
Yes, we do. We can provide scholarships for those in need, as well as for Author Salon members, Algonkian alumni, and members of select writer associations. Though we believe our novel writing program to be more valuable given our quality, depth of instruction, and professional network with the publishing business (via our own faculty, Algonkian and Author Salon) when compared to more expensive writer conferences (median $1200 to $1600 not including transportation), or any ten college extension courses on novel writing (average $5200+), or even an MFA program ($30,000 - $80,000) that fails to address advanced craft as well as market realities, we will strongly consider providing writers with scholarships. You may apply for a scholarship to the program by visiting our Contact Page.
Email us with the subject line REQUESTING SCHOLARSHIP.
Registration Information for The Novel Writing Program
Two major parts of this program are available, eight modules each. For more information on the course content, works studied and goals, and graduation requirements, please reference the program page and the home page FAQ on obtaining a graduation certificate. Each part (eight modules) is $309.00, or $499.00 for both parts.
If you cannot pay the full amount, a deposit of $199.00 can be made, but the balance must be paid before you start the program. See the drop-down registration window below.
NOTE 2: Paypal is our online CC processor, and we trust it implicitly. However, if you do not wish to register using Paypal, for whatever reason, write us at ADMIN (at) AUTHORSALON.COM prior to registration. If you need to make course payments in increments, you may use the drop down registration window below.
Upon successful completion of registration you will receive an instructional mail.