Are you an aspiring novelist in need of some camaraderie and connection as you face down your manuscript? Lighten up those difficult writing days through this support and productivity group that takes its inspiration from summer camp. For five weeks, attend a mix of fun, in-person activities and virtual sessions, all designed with novelists in mind.
On Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm, join the group virtually via Zoom. Each Wednesday session will feature a guest appearance with a published novelist. We'll also have time to check in with one another, share our progress, ask questions, participate in mini craft lessons, and maybe even get some writing time in with timed writing sprints.
On Saturdays, attend a late-night bookstore scavenger hunt, find inspiration in works of art, share ghost stories in a cemetery, enjoy some outdoor recreation by the lake, and more, all while connecting with other writers and picking up craft and publishing tips.
In-person and online events are supplemented by an online Slack group where writers can interact and share work (optional).
Attendees may choose as many or as few events they wish to attend. Novelists working in all genres and at all levels are welcome; this program aims to provide support and a productivity boost rather than critiques or traditional workshops.
Sat. June 3 - Opening Mixer at BrewDog: Meet your fellow novelists, share a bit about your work, and get ready for the best summer ever.
Wed. June 7 - Online writing group
Sat. June 10 - Ghost Stories at Lake View Cemetery: We’ll gather among the graves to discuss our novel progress, share classic ghost stories, and discuss the importance of tension in our novel drafts. Optional: Read a short excerpt from your novel that demonstrates a moment of suspense.
Wed. June 14 - Online writing group
Sat. June 17 - Late-Night Bookstore Scavenger Hunt at Loganberry: Enjoy a special after-hours trip to Loganberry Books, where a literary scavenger hunt awaits. After the game, we’ll have a chance to debrief and discuss novel writing progress and challenges.
Wed. June 21 - Online writing group
Sat. June 24 - Lakeside Hike and Reading at Edgewater: We’ll meet at Edgewater Park for a short hike and a brief reading from everyone’s in-progress novels.
Wed. June 28 - Online writing group
Sat. July 1 - Arts & Craft Talk at Cleveland Museum of Art: We’ll hunt down some novel inspiration in the artwork at the Cleveland Museum of Art, to be followed by a craft discussion.
Wed. July 5 - Online writing group
Sat. July 8 - End-of-Summer Party at BrewDog: We’ll wind down, prepare to say goodbye, and toast to a summer well spent.
Details: Novelist Summer Camp with Laura Maylene Walter will meet June 3-July 8 in-person on Saturdays and online on Wednesdays. Ongoing communications will happen via email and in Slack throughout the month.
Level: All levels
Format: Generative meetings, discussions, and activities for writers drafting a novel
Location: Wednesdays online via Zoom and Saturdays at various locations
Size: Limited to 50 participants
Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with an intermediate or advanced fiction class
Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 24.
Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first meeting to receive a full refund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Maylene Walter is the author of the novel Body of Stars (Dutton, 2021) and the short story collection Living Arrangements (BkMk Press, 2011). Laura’s writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Kenyon Review, Slate, The Sun, and many others. Laura is a founding editor of Literary Cleveland’s Gordon Square Review and is the Ohio Center for the Book Fellow at Cleveland Public Library, where she hosts Page Count, a literary podcast.