The 90-Day Novel is a Live-on-Zoom workshop with Alan Watt that will take you from initial idea to the completion of your novel or memoir's first draft in 90 days.
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The 90-Day Novel is about making a contract with your subconscious. Your subconscious is the seat of your genius, and there is a window of time that it can remain fully engaged in a creative task before it gets distracted, fatigued, or your ego begins to challenge it.
Genius is not a noun - it's a verb. The 90-Day Novel helps you tap into that primal well to which we all have access, by marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of structure.
The 90-Day Novel is not about writing a polished first half of a novel or memoir, but rather, developing a coherent narrative, grounded in character, that leads to a transformation. When you connect to the heart of your story and hold your idea of the plot loosely…magic starts to happen.
The 90-Day Novel is a simple but powerful process that keeps you in your right brain, so that your subconscious can do the "heavy lifting" of developing a compelling narrative. Your left brain is good at doing one thing - solving problems - and while this is helpful in your everyday life, it's not as helpful in building a story...
"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." - Albert Einstein
...because the purpose of story is to reveal a transformation. When we get stuck, we tend to ask ourselves questions, like "Why is this so difficult for me?" And our brain provides us with answers; our childhood was uneventful...we weren't properly schooled, etc. But creating art is not an assembling of facts, it is a search for the truth. Therefore, our challenge as writers mirrors that of our protagonist, namely surrendering a limiting belief of ourself or the world in order to be freed from it.
We meet once a week in a LIVE Zoom call on Mondays from 12-1:30 pm Pacific Time, for 14 straight weeks, followed immediately by a live Q&A to answer any questions that emerge.
The workshop is a combination of craft lessons and stream-of-consciousness writing exercises where writers read their work and I work with a number of writers one-on-one to illustrate the principles.
Each Zoom workshop is recorded. You will receive a link to rewatch the workshop as often as you wish for up to three weeks.
Every morning a daily letter from The 90-Day Novel, lands in your inbox.
The letters were developed over the course of several years, and are a daily guide through the process.
Writers often comment on the synchronicity of the letters, and on how they seem to meet you right where you are. This is because they were a response to the daily experiences of the thousands of writers who shared this journey on the group forum before you.
The 90-Day Novelists are a tribe, and the group forum is where we meet each day to share our daily experiences and hold ourselves accountable to our daily page count.
Over the course of 90 days we discover that we're not alone - the ups and downs that caused us to question whether or not we were really a writer, are, in fact, par for the course.
It's liberating to realize that our private struggles are universal, and that they often provide direct clues into the world of our characters.
During the first month of the workshop, in the outlining phase, I offer one-on-one story consultations where you can send me your three-page outline and I review it, make notes, and go over it with you in a one-hour consult to explore the most dynamic and compelling way to tell your story before you begin your first draft. There is an additional cost for this service.
THE DESIRE TO WRITE IS THE DESIRE TO EVOLVE
You were born to express yourself. When you do this work with sincerity and commitment, you will likely discover a power within you that you didn't know existed. Having had this experience myself, I can no longer imagine doing it any other way. Why we write is as important as what we write. When I finally let go of trying to "please the marketplace" and wrote the story that was in my heart, a dark tale of fathers and sons that I had previously thought too disturbing to tell, I ended up writing it very quickly, and it was instantly sold in a bidding war; it became an L.A. Times bestseller, was optioned as a feature film (which I was hired to write), and it won some awards including France's Prix Printemps (best foreign novel). The desire to write is really the desire to evolve...to resolve something you seek to understand. By focusing on the process and letting go of the result, the results are quite often amazing.
"What was impossible to accomplish in ten years becomes possible in 90 days."
Fourteen 90-min workshops (Mondays 12pm PST)
Live Q & A following each session
Playback access of all workshops
90 daily letters
Daily writing prompts
Group forum to stay connected
One-on-one story consultation
When - Mondays 12-1:30 PST
Where - Live-on-Zoom
Length - 14 Sessions
Workshops take place on Mondays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). I’m always on the Zoom call at 11:45 a.m. to welcome writers and answer questions before class. I also do a formal Q & A immediately following each workshop.
There are no prerequisites to join. You will find New York Times bestselling authors writing shoulder to shoulder with first-time writers. I’m teaching a process of getting the story from your imagination to the page. Start where you are.
We offer 100% refund in the first 7 days of the workshop if you need to drop out for any reason. There can be no postponements for future workshops.
The 90-Day Novel class size is not limited. In writing your first draft, you do not read your work-in-progress to the class, however, you are encouraged to read your writing exercises so Alan can work with you one-on-one to illustrate the principles to everyone. Also, while you are encouraged to share your work, it is not required. Once you have completed your first draft, you are invited to take The 90-Day Rewrite workshop, which is limited to four writers and you read your work each week.
Yes, there is homework. Outlining and writing a first draft of a novel or memoir is a big undertaking. I recommend that you devote two hours a day to the workshop. If you have a busy schedule, that may not be possible, in which case, you may want to temper your expectations, but that should not discourage you from jumping into the class. It is more important that you approach this workshop as a daily or near-daily practice, even if you can only devote a little time each day than it is to cram all of your work in on weekends.
When we commit to this process, the results are often beyond our imagination … we just don’t know what they will be. This workshop is going to guide you through your protagonist’s journey, and you will likely be transformed as a result. The only thing I can promise is that if you show up and put in the time, you will have a first draft of a novel or memoir in 90 days.
I offer two full scholarships each semester for military veterans and for stories of diversity. If you would like to apply, please submit a letter up to 300 words describing your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All workshops are recorded and available for up to three weeks, so you can watch them as often as you wish.
If one or more of the following apply, you belong here.
* I’ve always wanted to write a novel or memoir.
* I’ve tried in the past and gotten stuck or blocked.
* I love to write, but I’m scared I’ll do it wrong.
* Someone once told me my writing sucks…but I really want to write.
Yes, it probably will. While the objective of the workshop is to complete a first draft of a novel or memoir in 90 days, the goal of the workshop is to deepen your relationship to your creative spirit, and we cannot do this without creating an environment where each writer feels respected and honored, and where their story is valid. I try to be encouraging, positive, passionate, deep, thoughtful, intuitive, and extremely curious about the story you’re attempting to express. I won’t impose my ideas onto your work, but rather, through inquiry, guide you to the heart of what you’re attempting to express. This process will almost inevitably bring up doubts and fears, but that is an inevitable part of the journey. The workshop will guide you through the emotional ups and downs through the daily letters and support in the group forum and from myself as your instructor.
I offer this workshop twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer. If you can’t make the next one coming up, stay tuned for future dates.
This workshop meets on the same day each week for 14 consecutive weeks beginning on the start date, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
Alan is known as the Writer Whisperer. He's an L.A. Times Bestselling novelist and has won a number of awards for his writing including France’s Prix Printemps (Best Foreign Novel), the American Library Assoc.’s Alex Award, and Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers.
He has been a New York Times New and Noteworthy book recipient and a BookSense pick.
The story lives within you.
I help you find it.