Submissions Open for Novel Immersive for LGBTQ+ Writers!

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The Novel Immersive for LGBTQ+ Writers is back for its third year!

For queer and trans writers, a lack of queer-focused guidance, support, and community in writing workshops can stifle or even stall progress for novels. Taking place remotely over nine months, the Novel Immersive for LGBTQ+ Writers is a program uniquely designed to fill this void and help queer writers complete or make significant progress towards completing a draft of their novel in a supportive community. LGBTQ+ writers will leave this immersive with a finished and/or more polished draft, a trajectory for getting published (including support for applying to higher-level GrubStreet programs, such as the Novel Incubator), and a supportive queer writing community that they can hold onto long after the program is over.

Capped at ten students, the program is divided into three phases prioritizing craft lectures, workshopping, and community building. In addition to classic lectures on craft topics such as point of view, tension, and characterization, this program will also include craft lectures related to socio-cultural struggles, such as relatability, believability, inviting in outsiders, and navigating the publishing industry as a marginalized author.

Workshops will be conducted in the non-silencing format that allows for participation from writers. The intensive will also include guest speakers with a focus on intersectionality to ensure that queer writers from all walks of life feel represented and heard.

Scholarships are available, class is remote, and queer, trans, and/or nonbinary identities of all experiences are encouraged to apply. We'll have a virtual open house on February 22nd.

The submission window closes on March 26th. Writers will be notified in May and class runs June 4th, 2024 to February 18th, 2025. Class is on Tuesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm Eastern Time.

If you'd like to receive email reminders during the submission window, please fill out this form.

For more information about the program, please follow this link.

To register for the open house, please follow this link.

To apply for the program, please fill out this form.