Arizona State University's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing has a great program for students who want to write a novel. It's called 2015: Your Novel Year, and there are two tracks: Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Young Adult (both of which I've written from time to time).
Here's the description, from their website:
Dear Prospective Students,
I’m excited to announce enhancements to the Your Novel Year program! The program will be extended from 12 to 18 months. The first 12 months will be devoted to writing a draft, and the final 6 months will be for polishing and fine-tuning, as well as exploring publishing options. The extra time will allow for additional one-on-one mentorship with award-winning authors, and more time in-between courses for integration and synthesis of material (more writing time).
The upshot is that the program will now include:
- Introductory Writing Intensive Courses
- Three workshops
- Three opportunities for one-on-one mentorship
- Classes in revision and publishing
- Two opportunities to attend the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference, with opportunities to build connections with agents, editors, and publishers.
If you have further questions about the program, I am happy to answer them. If you’re serious about writing a manuscript, I hope you’ll apply to the program!
And here are some of the mentors for the F&SF track (there are some other great writers whose names will be revealed soon):
Alan Dean Foster, Joseph Nassise, Kevin J. Anderson, Jeffrey J. Mariotte. I don't know Alan, but Joe and Kevin are great friends (and as I write this, it's Joe and his awesome wife Dawn's anniversary, so congrats to them!). And that other guy is me.
I'm going to get to spend real time working with a budding novelist, in depth, helping oversee the novel process, offering advice and encouragement, from the point of view of someone who's written more than 50 novels and worked as an editor and publisher and bookseller. If I were starting out today, I'd love that experience. And since I'm not starting out, I'm excited about getting to share my knowledge (and some of the many mistakes I've made) with someone who is.
It's going to be a fantastic experience all the way around, and I'm honored to be a part of it.