THE NOVEL WRITING PROGRAM AT AUTHOR SALON
(Carson McCullers and Katharine Sands Above)
For Women's Fiction, Literary/Upmarket, SF/F (YA/MG), Mystery/Thriller, Detective/Suspense,
Historical, Urban Fantasy, and General Fiction What Will You Receive Besides a Far Better Novel Manuscript?
Welcome to the Author Salon Commercial Novel Writing Program
page on Shawguides. This program was created by a team of industry professionals
that includes agents and publishers who wish to provide aspiring authors, regardless of manuscript stage, with comprehensive, rigorous training in the art and science of writing commercial fiction in multiple genres. Our step-by-step modules utilize pragmatic immersion methods that serve to methodically evolve your novel manuscript on every level as you progress through the program. See our program and module syllabus
pages for more information. Upon graduation with a program certificate you will have:
1) A review by program professionals of your story premise and all major novel elements, as well as your prose narrative, for purposes of determining your competitive status vs. other writers in your genre.
2) A thorough outline of all your novel's plot beats and points.
3) 100 pages or more of your novel, or narrative non-f, in competitively polished shape.
4) A working-knowledge of the most highly regarded, industry-accepted techniques for craft writing, resulting in a personalized and competitive narrative style.
5) A realistic publication plan going forward based on your manuscript's current stage of development, as well as your writing skills.
6) A personalized consultation with one of our agent-faculty members to support your development of a professional agent query letter (if you and the faculty agree the time is right). Writer Professionals Consulted in The Creation of This Program:
- Random House Senior Editor Caitlin Alexander
- Bestselling Author Barbara Kyle
- Literary Agent Kimberley Cameron
- Algonkian Director and Author Michael Neff
- Literary Author Robert Bausch
- AEI Film Producer, Author and Literary Agent, Ken Atchity
- Literary Agent Paula Munier
- Writer and Columnist Cary Tennis
- Literary Agent Gordon Warnock
See our syllabus
and program page
for more information.
Our goal is to hone your ms, secure you representation, and get you published.
The Author Salon novel writing program is a result of ongoing consult with professionals in the publishing business who desire a fully functional and realistic teaching and hands-on application approach to perfecting novel manuscripts and prose skills.
16 to 25 Weeks Average
Group Size or S:T Ratio
Autobiography/Memoir, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Non-fiction, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
Literary agents Paula Munier and Katharine Sands, author-agent Michael Neff, and bestselling author Barbara Kyle.
$399.00 for both parts or courses, for a total of 16 modules, or $239.00 for each course.
San Francisco, California
D.C., District of Columbia
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
888c 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019