Class: Idea to Manuscript - NaNo Edition September 24th 2020-October 29th 2020



Are you considering taking the Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge to write 50,000 words in November, but you:

  • Want to write a novel and are having trouble knowing where to start?

  • Have attempted the challenge before but never finished? 

  • Haven't written in years and want to dive back in, but need a place to start?

  • Have lots of ideas but don't know how to begin filling that first blank page?


This online creative writing course focused on getting started on the project you have always wanted to work on. The goal is for you to end the class ready to take on the month of November and claim the prize of having written 50,000 words of the first draft of a novel.


This six-week course includes 1.5 hour live sessions once a week. The classes will take place from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm ET on Zoom. You will have a chance to send your work to me and get detailed feedback throughout the class, as well as one-on-one support as needed.


Sign up:


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A sliding scale of $50-75 per student via Venmo or PayPal.



  • Week One September 24th: Choosing and Fleshing Out an Idea

  • Week Two October 1st: The Importance of Character

  • Week Three October 8th: Plotting the Course of the Story

  • Week Four October 15th: World-Building, Description, and POV

  • Week Five October 22nd: Demystifying the Second Act

  • Week Six October 29th: Secrets to Finishing that Draft (and Winning!)


About the teacher: 


Aurora Hurd earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Aurora has been a Municipal Liason for NaNoWriMo for the past three years and has been a participant in the challenge for the last eight. She has taught classes for both beginners and at the masters level on creative writing and has worked with undergraduate students on editing and proofreading skills. Currently, Aurora works at the Community College of Vermont as a faculty assistant.


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