Novel writing workshop to begin in Rehoboth

The newly formed non-profit, Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, will host a two-part novel-writing workshop on Saturday, April 9, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, 1 to 4 p.m. at The Corner Cupboard Inn at 50 Park Ave., Rehoboth Beach. The Guild’s founder, Maribeth Fischer, who will teach the class, said, “many people have an idea for novel that they want to write, but they don’t have the time, discipline or knowledge necessary to get started. Like exercise,” she said, “we know we should start, but it’s easy to put it off.”

In the first session, participants will do a number of writing exercises that develop character and establish the central conflict of the novel. They will leave the class with a rough draft of the beginning paragraphs as well as at least one key scene. Throughout, they will look at different styles of the first chapters of contemporary novels.

Fischer hopes participants will work on their chapters over the next month, relying on each other as well as on her for advice and feedback. One of the goals of the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild is to help people find and develop their own writing groups, something Fischer said is essential in her own writing process.

At the second session of the class, participants will workshop a polished draft of their first chapter with other participants to find out what every writer needs to know: will readers be curious enough to want to keep turning the page? Participants will leave the second class with a rough sketch of their second chapter and Fischer hopes, with both the inspiration and determination to keep going.

Fischer is the award-winning author of The Language of Good-bye (Dutton 2000) and the forthcoming, What Survives. She has taught fiction at the university level for nearly 12 years, most recently as a visiting writer in the Graduate M.F.A. program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, she lives in Rehoboth, where she is at work on her third novel.

The class costs $80 for both sessions, and registration is limited. To sign up or to request more information about the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, e-mail, or call (302) 841 2172.