YWI: Write a Novel for Publication

From: $110.00 / month for 5 months

Grades: 10th-12th (and gap year students)

Live Class:  Tue 11:45–1:00 p.m. EST

Dates:  Aug 22–Dec 16 or Jan 9–May 5

Price: $499

Instructor:  Sigmund Brouwer


Course Description

In this semester-long writing workshop 10th–12th grade students will learn how to write and prepare a novel (including a graphic novel) to submit to publishers. Classroom discussion boards will let students peer edit and give encouragement to each other. The live sessions alternate between developing stories that would interest publishers and the business of writing and working with publishers. The class will include visits from professionals in the industry, in addition to instruction drawing on Sigmund’s professional career as the author of more than 150 books published by dozens of publishing houses in multiple languages.

Course Structure

One live meetings per week where students interact with Sigmund in Zoom meeting with cameras and microphones one. Students also interact with Sigmund and other students via the course discussion boards.

Who should enroll?

Serious writing students in 10th-12th grades who are interested in learning to write from a bestselling author and former struggling student.  The class is limited to 12 students who can commit to attending the weekly live meetings and actively participating in the peer-reviews and discussion boards (while also working on their novel).

Recently graduated seniors taking a gap year may also enroll.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and working microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lecture

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will receive a certificate of completion and notes from Sigmund on the strengths and potential for their novel as well as suggestions for what to do next.


Students will receive a welcome letter with further instructions upon enrollment.

Required Texts


All materials are provided by the teacher.


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Instructor Bio

Sigmund Brouwer

SIGMUND BROUWER writes for both children and adults. He is the bestselling author of dozens of titles, with close to 4 million books in print in multiple languages. He has won the Christy Book of the Year and the Arthur Ellis awards, as well as been nominated for two of the prestigious TD Children’s Literature Awards and the Red Maple Award. His Rock and Roll Literacy presentation has reached over a million students across North America. He is also co-founder of the Young Writers Institute with its ‘Story Ninja’ approach to tap into the power of story as the foundational way to engage and motivate students in narrative, expository, and essay writing.

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