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Limited Series - Begins 1/11 (4 classes)
From Inspiration to First Draft - A Novel Journey
Tom Cosentino
Thursdays 7pm-9pm

In this four-class course we will explore meeting the goal of writing your first draft through:

  •  Finding the inspiration to write the first draft of your novel

  •  Explore plot and character development

  •  Learn from reading our favorite authors, drawing from their works elements to include in your


  •  Discuss strategies for success and building your writer’s toolbox

  •  How to overcome obstacles that get in the way of writing

  •  Support and help define your goals as a writer

  •  Complete exercises using writing prompts and other methods to spark creativity

  •  Should you outline your entire novel or let the characters tell you the story?

  •  Review your work in class

  •  Open discussion on topics related to the course material

All genres of Fiction are welcome. The overall goal is to have fun and be inspired.

This class is available in-person, or online via ZOOM!

When you register you will receive a Zoom Link in the confirmation email.

Pre-Registration is Required. Click the button below to Sign Up!

Thursdays - 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22


Level: Beginner+

Age: 16+

(All Kids under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an Adult. If the Adult wishes to participate in the class, they must also register.)

Class Fee: $75 for 4 weeks

Supplies: Laptop (if desired), notebook

Meet your Instructor...

Tom Cosentino

Tom is the author of The Art of Looking for Trouble (Liberty Island Press), his second novel The Summer We Almost Painted the House (Local Pub Press) was recently released. Tom has published several short stories in various online publications and literary magazines. He also attended a conference hosted at the home of Niall Williams, best-selling author, and Booker Prize nominee. He attended Syracuse University where he earned a degree in Political Science and later earned an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Membership Benefit:

$7 OFF

Our Members receive a discount. Sign up and receive $7 off every weekly class, plus free Open Studio!

Karen VanVyve: Text

Classes Policy

All fees associated with classes are non-refundable once the class has started.  In the event a registrant needs to change or cancel their registration, the registrant should use the link provided in the confirmation email to reschedule to a future class.  If the student needs to cancel for a refund prior to the start of class you must contact the Beach Art Center as far in advance as possible. Any agreement to cancel or transfer a registration after the class has taken place is made at the sole discretion of the instructor.  

Beach Art Center reserves the right to cancel classes if minimums are not met or for any other reason relevant to business needs. In the event of a cancellation initiated by Beach Art Center, the registrant will be rescheduled or will receive a full refund.  Beach Art Center does not hold credits on account for future use.

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