NLAPW Host ‘10 Steps to Completing your Novel’

The National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) in celebration of November as National Novel Month host "10 Steps to Completing your Novel" with Maureen Stack Sappéy.

Washington, DC, November 03, 2010 --( The National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) in celebration of November as National Novel Month host step 1 of "10 Steps to Completing your Novel" with Maureen Stack Sappéy. Held November 12th -14th at the Pen Arts Building in Washington, D.C. (1300 17th Street, NW - Near the DuPont Circle Metro Station), this event promises to be a great weekend to stimulate the creative juices, network and take your novel writing to the next level.

Workshop instructor and League member, Maureen Stack Sappéy, has published five historical fiction novels, with a sixth in production. Recommended by the New York Times, her novel Letters from Vinnie was optioned for an HBO mini series. A more recent release, The Silver Soldier, is about Paul Revere, courage and the pursuit of freedom, and is also optioned for film.

Sappéy’s workshop series includes techniques for beginning and finishing a novel:

Unit one: setting the goal to begin and finish a novel; a writer's work area and schedule; the process of hand-writing versus typing a manuscript.
Unit two: how to put emotion on paper--the most important element of your story.
Unit three: revealing your "voice"; characterization (the four tags that change stick figures into "people").
Unit four: setting; dialogue; and pacing.
Unit five: the beginning of your story--how to start and end the beginning.
Unit six: the middle of your story--the construction of scenes and sequels.
Unit seven: Motivation and Reaction Units (MR units).
Unit eight: the ending of your story--proving your hero is heroic; punishing your villain; providing story satisfaction.
Unit nine: revision techniques; a basic grammar review.
Unit ten: approaching critique groups, agents, editors, publishers, film producers; self-publishing.

Evening sessions focus on participants' outlines and first pages. For additional details, link to or contact the NLAPW Headquarters at 202.785.1997.

National League of American Pen Women
Founded in 1897, the National League of American Pen Women is a recipient of the Literary Hall of Fame Award in recognition of its contribution to the cultural life of the United States and the George Washington Honor Medal sponsored by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for its collaborative effort to promote an understanding and appreciation of America’s rich heritage and unique freedoms.

The League’s mission is to encourage, recognize, and promote the production of creative work of professional standard in Art, Letters, and Music and, through outreach activities, provide educational, creative, and professional support to members and non-members in these disciplines. Presently, membership consists of more than 100 branches located throughout the United States. In addition to branch membership, the League offers student, member-at-large and international affiliate (non-citizen) memberships and encourages the formation of state associations.

Membership, comprised of three comprehensive classifications, Letters, Art, and Music, offers association with other creative professional women through participation in workshops, discussion groups, and lectures related to the creative process. Writing and poetry contests, art exhibitions (both juried and judged), and music composition competitions are conducted at local branch, state, and national levels of the organization. See for details of events, contests, or membership, or, for further details of League history, visit

As the NLAPW spokesperson, national president Jean Holmes is available to give speeches and lectures for professional organizations. For details of her availability, contact the national headquarters by email at, by phone at 202-785-1997, or by mail at NLAPW, 1300 Seventeenth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1973.

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