This course is timed to better serve writers based in Africa and Europe, but is open to all.
In this six-week master class for writers at every stage of the novel-writing process—from the first couple of chapters to finished draft—we will dissect the craft and creation of the novel, with the hopes of better understanding how to write our own. To ensure that every student gets focused and rigorous attention on their work, this class is limited to six writers.
Students will commit to writing 500 words per day, and every week, we will workshop 30-100 pages of one class member’s your existing manuscript, with a commitment to writing 500 words per day. We welcome all fiction subgenres and all forms of novels; we will come to each project on its own terms, considering the aims and goals of the writer. To that end, each week’s workshop will be supplemented by published excerpts in conversation with the piece up for discussion, chosen by the instructor.
Writers will leave this class with a fuller draft of their manuscripts as well as the necessary tools to revise their novel into its clearest and most powerful form.
To apply for this class, please submit what will be your workshop submission (between 30 and 100 pages). The instructor will review these submissions and begin planning what published texts might be in conversation with it.
Class meetings will be held over video chat, using Zoom accessed from your private class page. While you can use Zoom from your browser, we recommend downloading the desktop client so you have access to all platform features.
- Thinking about your manuscript structurally, with a clear idea of how to finish your first draft.
- Forming a community of readers.
- Developing a daily writing discipline.
- 10% discount on all future Catapult classes
Students will submit once throughout the course. We will read a 30-100 page submission per week and 20-60 pages of assigned texts. Students are expected to write weekly letters of critique (approximately 500 words) for their peers. They will also commit to writing 500 new words daily for the duration of the class.
We will begin each class by discussing the weekly text or craft assignment. The rest of class time will be dedicated to workshopping one piece.
“Ayşegül Savaş is an enormous new talent who writes with the rigor of Didion and the tenderness of Sebald. Walking on the Ceiling holds the immediacy of youth and the depth of long-earned wisdom at once. Its elegant voice is sure to summon old memories and longings from each reader, relighting them anew.”
“An original, mesmerizing story...a beguiling tale of two cities which expertly illuminates ‘the devious ways of memory.’”
“[Savaş] writes with both sensuality and coolness, as if determined to find a rational explanation for the irrationality of existence.”