Course Description

Writing a novel is a momentous achievement that can take years of work. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges you to create your first draft in thirty days. Is this possible? Yes! Every year, authors meet the challenge. Many turn their NaNoWriMo drafts into published books. Take the express route to achieving your authoring dreams with this accelerated novel workshop. We will review novel elements, participate in group critiques, experiment with creative writing exercises, and take advantage of in-class novel writing time. From novel planning, to writing, to next steps, this class will help you reach your goal.

Not sure about your novel plans? Already started (or stalled on) a novel? No problem! Students come to this class with varying levels of preparation and goals. Whether you have no idea what to write or you have already started (or nearly completed) a novel, this class will help you boost your writing speed, creativity and confidence. Experience the camaraderie and inspiration of writing with your classmates in this unique atmosphere, and feel the exhilaration as your dreams become reality.


Ages 16+



"I took your class last year and I have completed the book! I wanted to thank you for the class. I enjoyed it very much. You gave great information in a fun and engaging way that encouraged me to keep going. I struggled with not being a formally educated writer, but you motivated me to focus on the story and not my limitations." Marcia Wood

"Write a Novel in 30 Days Workshop: The NaNoWriMo Challenge was the best writing experience ever! I took the course because I thought it would be fun. However, little did I know, it was a source of great inspiration. Learning how to stretch my innate, creative talents was something I never imagined. The expertise in teaching and motivation techniques used by instructor Laura Ehrke were executed masterfully. My classmates and I wrote with incredible speed, each student was astonished by the progress made. This class was the impetus to write a book that is my 'calling.' Prior to taking this class, I never thought I could become a published writer. After taking this class, I always believe I can become one." Delores McConnell

"I want to thank you for a great class – you really helped my writing and my book. I hope I can do another one with you soon."

"Laura is a wonderful instructor. Creative writing classes can be intimidating, but Laura is generous and supportive. She gives examples and exercises that help you be more creative. She also helped set the tone of the class for the students by being accessible and open-minded. I recommend her class to anyone who has not taken a class like this before and wants to find encouragement. Highly recommended." Dr. Pearl Ratunil

"I’ve taken two writing classes (Short Story Writing Workshop) and Write a Novel in 30 Days Workshop) with Laura Ehrke, and enjoyed them both. Her exercises and supporting material are helpful and informative. She is a caring instructor, and her classes are just plain fun." Pam Gitta

The Write a Novel in 30 Days Workshop course is not currently open for enrollment, but we can arrange for any number of lessons you would like, click here for more information or contact the Community Music and Arts Center (CMAC) at cmac@harpercollege.edu. If you’re a new student wanting to register for private lessons click here for more information. If you would like us to notify you when enrollment opens, click and on the Request Information button below.
Thank you for your interest in this course. While we currently do not have a section open for enrollment, we invite you to join us the next time the class is offered. To ensure you don’t miss out, please complete a Course Inquiry and we’ll be sure to notify you as soon as the next enrollment opens.
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