REMOTE only: Joseph Scapellato -My Novel Is Falling Apart! Practical Strategies for Beginnings, Middles, and Endings

  • February 17, 2022
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • remote


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Remote Only. 

Are you struggling with a particular part of your novel?  Maybe the beginning of your current draft is dragging, or the middle is slipping and falling, or the ending is simply an act of giving up.  If so, don’t fret!  Believe us, we’ve been there, too.

In this class, we’ll walk through some practical strategies specific to the beginnings, middles, and endings of novels.  We’ll practice nitty-gritty techniques for making the opening chapters narratively propulsive and thematically rich; for intensifying or tightening the middle; and for building towards a structurally satisfying ending.   

You’ll leave this class with immediately applicable ideas for the beginning, middle, and/or end of your novel, no matter where you are in your process.

This session will be helpful to anyone, not just people who feel stuck. Joe requests that everyone bring a favorite book to the session  to reference as we examine well written beginnings, middles and endings. 

 Joseph Scapellato is the author of the novel, The Made-Up Man(2019), and the story collection, Big Lonesome (2017). He grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University. Joseph is an assistant professor of English in the creative writing program at Bucknell University, and lives in Lewisburg, PA, with his wife, daughter, and dog.

We are looking into whether or not Joe will accept manuscripts for critique with this date change. Please see details in our manuscript section on our website, 

On February 17 will also have a drawing for a ticket to the Chicago Writers Association Conference, Let's Just Write! An  Uncommon Writers Conference  March 19-20, 2022 at the beautiful Warwick Allerton Hotel. Valued at  $345. Winners must be OCWW members,  present on Zoom and guarantee they will attend the event. Information about the event can be found at . 

To enter the drawing please register for Thursday's session and  reply to this email with your name and  email address by Wednesday at 5:00 PM. The drawing will be held just before the brag time. Please be sure to check your calendar so you can attend before entering. We don't want this valuable prize to be wasted. 

Good luck!!!

We offer free student memberships at a discounted rate of $5.00 per session. You must send verification of your student status. Please contact Claudia Katz at for details.

9-9:30 Socializing 

9:30-12 Program 

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