Novel Writing Online

This will be the 11th time HATS students have met to create a novel. This online course will take students on a journey: from pitching ideas to developing them into a premise and on to developing settings, characters, conflicts and backstories and finally, an outline for a complete novel. The outline will be jigsawed into pieces so that each student will write individual chapters of the story. During the last part of the week, students will draft and revise their final chapters and the final book will be published as a paperback novel. Each student will receive a copy of the book they write upon completion. (12 available spots).

(This course is for returning students only this year. New fiction students should opt for the Short Fiction course)

Course Schedule

Novel Writing: Early Week

9 - 10 a.m. - Morning meeting and sharing time, new writing exercise for story elements. Share Time
10 - 10:30 a.m. - Time to find story ideas.
10:30 a.m. - noon - Brainstorming, gathering ideas in Wiki.
noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch break
1 - 2 p.m. - Share story ideas/discuss them.
2 - 3 p.m. -Time to find more ideas, independent brainstorming to connect ideas


Novel Writing: Mid-to-late Week:

9 - 10 a.m. - Morning meeting and sharing new ideas.
10 - 10:30 a.m. - Independent research and brainstorming.
10:30 - noon - Discussion, creating plot, characters, settings, etc. OR Drafting chapters.
noon - 1 p.m.- Lunch break
1- 2 p.m.- Continue to brainstorm OR sharing chapter drafts.
2 - 3 p.m. - Independent writing time/individual story conferences with me over Teams.

About the Instructor

David Lee Finkle
David Lee Finkle began his writing and cartooning career in Kindergarten during fire safety week, when he was asked to draw a picture of what students should do if the school catches fire and in response drew a picture of children roasting marshmallows over the smoldering embers of the school. Amazingly, he went on to become a teacher, and is currently a high school Language Arts teacher in Florida. His comic strip about teaching middle schoolers, "Mr. Fitz", has been running in Volusia County newspapers and online since 2000 (he has now drawn over 5,000 strips). His first novel, "Making My Escape", about an overly imaginative middle-schooler, was published in 2002. His Scholastic Professional books for teachers, Writing Extraordinary Essays and Teaching Students to Make Writing Visual and Vivid were published in 2007 and 2009.

Registration Information

Registration link will be emailed upon application approval

For Ages:
Grades 4-12

July 20-24, 2020


Scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need.

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For more information, please contact the Office of Continuing Education and Outreach at
386-822-7500 or [email protected]