Workshops

Workshops coming soon:

  • Coming Oct. 30, 2022: A new generative workshop series is coming… starting with HAUNTINGS, a generative workshop for writing ghost stories and unsettling encounters, (online live in Zoom). This workshop will be scheduled for the Sunday afternoon before Halloween. Come ready to get a shiver up your spine and write on the spot and perhaps share your chilling creation. Details to be announced in September.
  • Coming November 2022: The summer Crafting the Young Adult Novel workshop with the Fine Arts Work Center/24 PearlStreet filled up in less than 24 hours! But not to worry—it’s running again in the fall. This workshop is online, asynchronous, and generative, and it’s for those working on a YA or YA-crossover novel of any genre, at any stage in the process. Keep an eye out for an announcement about registration in September. (And email me at nova@novaren.com if you would like to be immediately notified when registration opens before I share the announcement widely.)

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Past Workshops:

2022

  • Fine Arts Work Center/24PearlStreet Workshops: Crafting the Young Adult Novel (Asynchronous, with live elements): July 18–August 12, 2022. This four-week asynchronous workshop will run again in the fall.

2021

  • Tin House 2021 YA Fiction Workshop (Virtual): Feb. 11–15, 2021. Second annual YA fiction workshop directed by Tin House. Faculty: Jennifer De Leon, Mason Deaver, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Yamile Saied Méndez, Mark Oshiro, Ben Philippe, Nova Ren Suma, Ashley Woodfolk.
  • Paranormal Fiction Workshop with the Manhattanville College MFA in Creative Writing Program (Virtual): October 23, 2021.
  • Canceled due to COVID-19:
    —2021 Djerassi YA Novel Workshop

2020

  • Postponed or canceled due to COVID-19:
    —Elixir Retreat in France (postponed tentatively to 2022)
    —Making Magic at Highlights Foundation (postponed tentatively to 2022)
    —Ghosts, Witches, and Craft: A Salem Writing Retreat (canceled)

2019

  • Blue Stoop YA Novel Weekend Intensive: April 6–7, 2019. Indy Hall, Philadelphia, CA. Sponsored by Blue Stoop.
  • Djerassi YA Novel Writing Workshop: May 4–10, 2019. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA.
  • Ghosts, Haunts, and Haints: Paranormal Writing Weekend: June 28–30, 2019, Charleston, South Carolina. Co-led with intuitive and medium Holly Raychelle Hughes.

2018

  • Djerassi YA Novel Alumni Reunion Workshop: April 16–21, 2018. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA.

2017

  • New England SCBWI Conference: April 21–23, 2017. Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA. Conference faculty. Workshop leader of two first pages workshops.
  • Djerassi 2017 YA Novel Writing Workshop: June 19–24, 2017. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA.
  • SCBWI 46th Annual Summer Conference: July 7–10, 2017. JW Marriott at LA LIVE, Los Angeles, CA. Conference faculty. Workshop leader of two Monday intensives.
  • Highlights Foundation Books with Bite Workshop: October 4–8, 2017. The Highlights Foundation, Honesdale, PA. Co-taught with Micol Ostow.

2016

  • Djerassi 2016 YA Novel Writing Workshop: March 6–12, 2016. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA.
  • Djerassi YA Novel Alumni Reunion Workshop: March 17–23, 2016. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA.
  • Highlights Foundation Books with Bite Workshop: October 19–23, 2016. The Highlights Foundation, Honesdale, PA. Co-taught with Micol Ostow.

2015

  • Djerassi 2015 YA Novel Writing Workshop: June 21–26, 2015, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA.
  • Columbia University Young Adult Novel Writing Workshop: July 6–August 12, 2015. Columbia University, School of the Arts Writing Program, New York, NY.
  • Highlights Foundation Books with Bite Workshop: September 16–20, 2015, The Highlights Foundation, Honesdale, PA. Co-taught with Micol Ostow.
  • A Week in Residency with Nova Ren Suma Workshop: November 8–14, 2015, the Writing Barn, Austin, TX.

2014

  • Djerassi Writes: YA Novel Workshop: Feb. 9–14, 2014, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA.
  • Djerassi Writes: YA Novel Workshop (second session): June 22–27, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA.
  • The Craft of Creativity: The Inaugural Showcase Featuring the Master Class Room Instructors: Sept. 8, The Writers Room, New York, NY.
  • Highlights Whole Novel Workshop with Sarah Aronson and Nancy Werlin: Sept. 10–11, Highlights Foundation, Honesdale, PA. Special guest author.
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