Novel Masterclass by Lan Samantha Chang

  • 02 Jun 2024
  • 07 Jun 2024
  • Reid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
  • 0


  • till 15 March 2024
  • from 16 March 2024 onwards

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Your full workshop package includes: Welcome reception, a five-day masterclass, individual teacher consultations, a literary walk, early evening panels, readings and closing reception.

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* This class is currently full. Sign up for the waitlist or consider the Short Fiction masterclass.

About the instructor: Lan Samantha Chang is the author of The Family Chao, a winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction. A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of her first collection, Hunger: A Novella and Stories was recently published by W.W. Norton & Company. She is also the author of All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost and Inheritance, which won the PEN Open Book Award. Her short stories have been published in Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Best American Short Stories. Since 2006, she has directed the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Course description: This workshop is designed for people who are somewhere in the often-surprising process of writing a novel. It’s my goal to create a constructive and supportive novel writing community in which we will explore key aspects of the form and process. How does a novel differ from real life? What are the parts of a novel and what obstacles does each pose to the writer? What are some of the greatest pleasures and frustrations of writing a novel, and how are they specifically related to the nature of the form? What are some useful methods to keep track of a novel-in-progress, and how can we come to terms with our own habits of productivity?

For writers of all levels.

Preparation: Please send a chapter of up to 6000 words as well as a one-page synopsis by 1 May 2024 to Please include your masterclass workshop name with your materials.

Agent consultations: For an additional fee, you can register for one, or two, agent consultations. Available exclusively to participants who have enrolled in a masterclass. Space is limited. More information here on Oliver Munson, and more information here on Caroline Hardman.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund through 15 April 2024 minus 100€ admin fee
  • Half refund through 30 April 2024 minus 100€ admin fee
  • No refund after 30 April 2024

In the event of unforeseen circumstances, PWW reserves the right to replace an instructor.

Good to know: 

  • WICE members can register for this event online using WICE's fast and secure online system. Simply click on the link and follow directions.
  • Not a member? You may be able to join some events as a nonmember for a small fee which includes a 3-month membership. Please send an email to if you have questions. We look forward to talking with you.