Once Upon a Novel...

November Edition

The leaves fall, the air turns crisp, and the sun only sometimes peeps through the gray of the clouds. What better weather for cozying up with a book?


YOUR book.

The one you've been dreaming of writing.

The San Jose Area Writing Project is excited to partner with author Hannah Jayne to launch its first online writing class for adults with Once Upon A Novel: November Edition.


For the 30 days of November students will receive daily prompts and inspiration to get them through writing their novels in a month. We will provide structure and a supportive community to writers looking to dig into fast-drafting a novel. We'll be kicking our inner editors to the curb for this low stakes class that will focus more on community than craft; though students will have the option to join workshop groups to provide feedback to one another. Students may also submit up to 1000 words each week for instructor feedback. At the end of the course there will be an option to purchase additional instructor feedback on lengthier submissions of writing.

Whether this is your first attempt at writing a novel or your tenth, we'll be here to support you as we journey together in making your dream of writing a novel come true!

We do need to have all registrations in by October 31 (preferably sooner so that we can plan accordingly).  If we do not have a minimum of 12 students enrolled by October 30 we will have to cancel the class, so get your registrations in ASAP if you plan on writing with us this November!

Click here for pricing.

Units for teachers are available.


Units for Teachers

  • Join SJAWP ONLINE from November 1-30 for daily prompts, mini craft lessons, and writing inspiration

  • Optional meet-up November 9 from 9am-12pm with teen writers who are enrolled in SJAWP novel writing courses

  • Optional Super Saturday & PLC at SJSU November 16

  • Course cost: $75 for teachers + the option of purchasing units from San Jose State University

Teachers must submit a check to the SJSU Bursar’s Office (preferably in person) by November 16 to earn units for the course.  Units are purchased separately from the course registration on EventBrite and are priced at $150 per unit with a maximum of 2 units to be earned for this course by completing the following course requirements:


  • 1 unit: 2 page reflection on how you will use course materials to inform instruction + 15 documented hours of interaction with course materials**

  • 2 units: 3 page reflection on how you will use course materials to inform instruction + 30 documented hours of interaction with course materials**

**Attendance at in person meetups and/or Super Saturdays at SJSU count toward these hours and are included in the course fees.


  • Adults and teens: $150

  • Teachers: $75 (+ option to purchase units from SJSU)

  • Novel Writing Program students: $100


Meet the Instructors

Hannah Jayne is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY, SEE JANE RUN, THE DARE, and THE ESCAPE available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home with her rock star husband, their daughter, and three enormous cats.

SJAWP Associate Director Jane Gilmore leads the Novel Writing Program, the only program of its kind designed to support teenage writers in developing full length manuscripts from inception to completion. In the summer months she also co-directs Creative Writing Camps as well as the Teen Writers Institute at San Jose State. Jane has an M.Ed from UC Santa Barbara and a Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford Continuing Studies.


San José Area Writing Project

English Department, FO 126
1 Washington Sq

San Jose, CA 95192



*Due to COVID, office is closed. Please email.

© 1988 - 2020 San José Area Writing Project

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Instagram