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The Case For The Novella (Learn More)

  • Saturday, February 03, 2024
  • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • The Mizell Center, 480 S Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262


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Announcing our next In-Person Workshop

The Case For The Novella
Sara Marchant

About Sara Marchant

Sara Marchant received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. She is the author of The Driveway Has Two Sides, published by Fairlight Books. Her memoir, Proof of Loss, was published by Otis Books. Her latest novel Becoming Delilah was published in August 2023 and her essay Haunted was a Notable Mention in Best American Essays and Nonfiction 2021. Sara is a founding editor of the literary magazine Writers Resist.

Description of talk:

The Case For The Novella

Eduardo Santiago: What's so Novel about the Novella?
Sara Marchant: Well, nothing really. Novellas have been with us since the beginning and, with their new resurgence, they will last as long as humans do. Let's talk about how novellas are different (better?) than novels and do a few exercises to get one (or two?) started.

Five things you will learn:

  • Is a novella simply a short novel?
  • What are the rules of the genre?
  • Why a novella is considered a full meal, not just a snack
  • Is novella writing right for you?
  • Is there a market for novellas today?
  • How do I turn the novel I’m writing into a novella?
  • …and should I?
  • Do lazy writers write novellas because they lack the stamina to write novels?

Some of our most beloved classics are, indeed, novellas:
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James


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Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. 

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Event Contact: Eduardo Santiago