The Novel

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  • “Lisa Friedman’s workshops help me stay on course. If I am losing my way with my writing – or if I am out of practice – the workshops inspire me to keep going. Lisa is a hugely experienced workshop leader and coach. She manages to keep everyone in the group focused and energised whilst sharing her insight. Our work is anonymously read out loud and feedback is always constructive, which helps me feel motivated and confident to share my writing with the group.”

    Kerrie, November 28, 2021

  • “‘The Novel’ was a very enjoyable and fruitful experience. It was the perfect way to get back into writing after a long break. I also felt it was a good way to refamiliarize myself with certain concepts, gather new insights, and get into the headspace to write freely. It was so nice to meet fellow writers from a variety of backgrounds.”

    Justin, November 28, 2021

  • The workshop was expertly structured, and the content was valuable and encouraging – a truly worthwhile experience. It felt like a creative momentum was stirring the group, generating great conversation and contributing to Lisa’s excellent insights. The course certainly helped motivate me and instill confidence in starting and working through a novel.

    Lisa’s guidance and feedback were incredibly helpful. The critical feedback for my own and everyone else’s work was also deeply appreciated. I got a lot out of the weekend. It felt wonderful to be learning so much from such a talented teacher and open, engaged classmates.”

    Mollie, November 28, 2021

  • “I value the Amsterdam Writing Workshops for the diversity, perspectives, and commitment to the writing of the people in the room, all of which is nourishing. I feel I have a new way of looking at—and organizing—my material. Taking the course has relieved some of the pressure, giving me a process I can focus on and trust.”

    Zuzanna, November 28, 2021

  • “I felt inspired throughout the workshop, which mixed relevant reading recommendations with literary techniques and language in a pleasant, comprehensible way. The workshop further emphasized my intention not only to finish my novel, but to try to publish it. The workshop gave me a new understanding of what the opening of a novel should be; it was an aha-moment for me!

    Ann, November 28, 2021

  • “It was fantastic to be exposed to so much information about writing that I had not previously had access to. This workshop brought me closer to finishing my novel. It has armed me with techniques for working on the next draft.”

    AO, November 28, 2021

  • “I am always happy after a weekend workshop. The overview of the elements I need to write a novel came to life via the different excerpts we read. The workshop gave me a new way of looking at my novel, which has been very helpful.”

    Liz, November 28, 2021

  • “I felt excited—with a dash of nervousness—during “The Novel” workshop. I was eager to learn more about the process of writing a novel and about the technicalities of novel writing. The presenter eased me into the headspace I needed to write with clarity and confidence.

    Priscilla, November 28, 2021