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Off Campus Writers' Workshop - OCWW

Rebecca Johns - Structuring Your Novel *Special Event*

  • October 27, 2016
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL


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Structuring Your Novel

   Aspiring writers will learn the craft of structuring a novel from beginning to end from DePaul University creative writing professor Rebecca Johns. Includes handouts and exercises.                         

Rebecca Johns's first novel, Icebergs, was a finalist for the 2007 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Award. Her second, The Countess—a fictionalization of the life of Elizabeth Bathory, the “Blood Countess”—was published in October 2010 from Crown Books. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, StoryStudio, The Harvard Review, The Mississippi Review, the Chicago Tribune, Journal, Self, and Seventeen, among others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Missouri School of Journalism, she teaches in the English Department at DePaul University in Chicago.

*THIS IS A SPECIAL EVENT WORKSHOP Registration and Social Time 6:00PM-6:30 Program 6:30PM - 8:30PM*

Critique Opportunity:

Rebecca will accept manuscripts.  


Effective August 2016

One of the outstanding benefits to being an OCWW member is the opportunity to have your work critiqued by some of our highly qualified speakers. 

Critique Prerequisites, Directions, and Mandatory Fees for Submission

1.  Membership and Membership Fees:

Critiquing privileges are afforded solely to current OCWW members. Prior to submitting a manuscript for critique, the OCWW member must be current with membership fees for the current scheduling year.

2.  Send Manuscript to:

Susan Levi unless otherwise indicated. Please write OCWW in the subject line. Manuscripts are due October 19th and should be sent as attachments to email. All manuscripts should be in Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced, 1 inch margins, pages numbered, Your name printed on first page or in header. 

3.  Mandatory $10 Speaker Session Fees:

In addition to the manuscript fee, a single $10 session fee is required to submit a manuscript for an OCWW speaker’s critique. This $10 fee pays for the attendance of one session; this fee is due even if the member does not attend any of the speaker’s sessions.

4.  Speaker’s Critique Fee:

 $3 per page, with a 20 page maximum. *Please note there is a $15 (5 page) minimum*

5.  How to Pay for Your Critique:

  • Fees are due the week before the event (Oct. 20th). Please bring your cash or check payable to OCWW to a meeting, or mail to OCWW, c/o Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL  60093. You may also let Susan Levi know if you prefer to pay online.


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