Novel Boot Camp (Writing Workshop) – Schedule of Events

NBClogoNeed help with your novel? Join the fourth annual Novel Boot Camp and whip your story into shape!

What is Novel Boot Camp?

Novel Boot Camp is a free writing course and workshop for aspiring novelists. It includes video lectures, discussion questions, and three writing workshops with both professional and peer critiques.

You can view the videos by subscribing to my YouTube channel, but if you’d like to answer the discussion questions or participate in the workshops, please follow this blog so you receive updates to your email.

The Schedule

Week One – Characters

(July 31 – August 4)

Monday, July 31: Workshop #1 Submissions Open! 

We’ll kick off Novel Boot Camp, and submissions will open for the first workshop. During Workshop #1 I will be critiquing your novel openings and providing a brief paragraph of feedback. Last year, I critiqued over 100 novel openings! I will be critiquing novel openings in the order they are submitted. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be able to get through all submissions.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Let’s Talk About Characters!

A video about writing characters will be posted each day.

Friday, August 4: Workshop #1 Critiques Will be Posted!

I will be posting half of my critiques today and half next Friday so if you don’t see your opening posted, make sure to come back next week!

Week Two – Worldbuilding

(August 7 – 11)

Monday – Thursday: Let’s Talk About Worldbuilding!

A video about worldbuilding will be posted each day.

Friday, August 11: Workshop #1 Critiques Will be Posted!

The second half of the first page critiques will be posted today!

Week Three – Write Like a Pro

(August 14 – 18)

Monday, August 14: Workshop #2 Submissions Open! 

Submissions for Workshop #2 will open. This will be a peer critique session, but I will be offering my critiques as much as possible. Due to time limitations, I may not be able to include every participant in the critique session so please submit early to ensure your spot.

Monday – Thursday: Let’s Talk About Writing Like a Pro!

A video will be posted each day on how to write like a pro and avoid amateur mistakes.

Friday, August 18: Workshop #2 Posted for Peer Critiques!

Please stop by to critique the work of other writers today and all next week!

Week Four – Writing the Middle of Your Novel

(August 21 – 25)

Monday, August 21: Workshop #3 Submissions Open! 

Submissions for Workshop #3 will open. This will be a query letter critique session. Due to time limitations, I may not be able to include every participant in the critique session so please submit early to ensure your spot.

Monday – Thursday: Let’s Talk About Writing the Middle!

A video will be posted each day about writing the middle of your novel and the unique issues it presents.

Friday, August 25: Workshop #3 Critiques Will be Posted!

I will be posting my query letter critiques today!

Week Five – Editing & Revising

(August 28 – 30)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Let’s Talk About Editing and Revising!

A video will be posted each day with tips on how to approach novel revisions.

Want to Join Novel Boot Camp?

There is no sign-up form for Novel Boot Camp. Simply follow the blog (RSS feed and an email notification form are available in the sidebar) so you will receive notifications of the workshops and videos.

If you want to participate in the workshops, you will need at least 250 words of your first chapter and/or a query letter. You do not have to participate in all three workshops, and if you don’t want to participate in any of the workshops, that’s okay too! You can still hang out with us in the comments section here and on YouTube.

I hope to see you all there!

QUESTION: If you’re planning to participate in Novel Boot Camp this year, what are you most excited to learn about?

Want to connect with other Novel Boot Camp Participants?

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27 thoughts on “Novel Boot Camp (Writing Workshop) – Schedule of Events

  1. Tracey D says:

    This is my first Novel Boot Camp and I’m very excited! Every topic sounds interesting, but if I had to pick one, I would say that I am most excited to learn about World Building, as that tends to be my most overlooked element.

    How do we submit for critiques? Thanks!!

  2. Joan A. says:

    Ellen – I find your videos insightful. This will be my first time doing boot camp and I am looking forward to it. I’m 30000 words into my first novel and I’m now lost in the middle!

  3. Blake says:

    I can’t wait to learn about character and Wolrdbuilding! Sounds really interesting! Also the peer critiques! One can learn so much from reading other’s works, as well as their comments on yours!

  4. Tommy P. says:

    It has taken many years but I have finally fallen in love with the process of writing. I enjoy the challenge involved in finding the right word, the right phrase and the right sequence of sentences to entice the reader to read the next, sentence, the next paragraph and the next page until they are at the end of the book; exhausted by the thrill ride but happy they read the whole novel.
    It is my goal to learn how to create vivid characters, ingenious plots, and understand how to keep the story moving.
    I am deeply appreciative of your efforts to help writers write well. Thank you!

  5. Kate Gordon says:

    This will be my first novel boot camp too. It’s come at the perfect time as I get underway with a new book. Looking forward to polishing my opening pages for critique. Will be an interesting exercise to work on a submission letter too. Thanks for your insights, Ellen. Must be a huge amount of work at your end, but much appreciated by me and everyone else lining up to be involved.

  6. Jessica Breakwell says:

    I loved Novel Boot Camp last year and I’ve been slacking with my writing recently so this is a great opportunity to get back into the swing of things. The help is appreciated. Thanks, Ellen!

  7. Marlene says:

    Second time around. Thanks for all you do to help writers at all stages but especially the ones struggling. Always enjoy your videos. To the point and instructional. Anything you give us will be appreciated.

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