Sharon Warner, Writing the Novella


Sharon Oard Warner talks about her new book in this virtual event via Zoom. Please click on "Register Here" to sign up for the event and links. 

A novella compresses the world with a short story's focus, but it explores that smaller space with a novel's generosity.--Josh Weil, author of The New Valley: Novellas

While the novella has existed as a distinct literary form for over four hundred years, Writing the Novella is the first craft book dedicated to creating this intermediate-length fiction. Innovative, integrated journal prompts inspire and sustain the creative process, and classic novellas serve as examples throughout. Part 1 defines the novella form and steers early decision-making on situation, character, plot, and point of view. Part 2 provides detailed directions for writing the scenic plot points that support a strong but flexible narrative arc. Appendix materials include a list of recommended novellas, publishing opportunities, and blank templates for the story map, graphs, and charts used throughout the book. By turns instructive and inspirational, Writing the Novella will be a welcome resource for new and experienced writers alike.

Sharon Oard Warner is the author of two novels, a short story collection, and an edited anthology of stories on AIDS. Her craft book, Writing the Novella, is forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press on March 1, 2021. Warner’s essays and articles have appeared inThe AWP ChronicleThe WriterWriter’s DigestStudies in Short FictionStudies in the Novel and others. Her writing has been republished in The Year’s Best Writing on WritingThe Writer’s HandbookWriter’s Digest YearbookThe Writer’s Guide to Fiction: How to Write, Polish, and Publish Short Stories and NovelsShort Story Criticism and others. From 1999-2016, she founded and directed the Taos Summer Writers' Conference, one of the largest such gatherings in the country. In recent years, she has been studying and writing feature-length screenplays.

Warner is Professor Emerita of English Language & Literature and Co-Chair for the D. H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives.

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Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 3:00pm
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ISBN: 9780826362551
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Published: University of New Mexico Press - March 1st, 2021