Course DescriptionWriting the first novel can be daunting, at times, even downright lonely. Though being a writer means being alone, writing on your own, it's good to come out of the cave and seek the company of other like-minded individuals for inspiration, support, and to brainstorm ideas. In this class, you are part of a small group of writers working towards the same goal--to write an amazing first novel. Together, we explore the elements of successful novel writing, develop three-dimensional characters, and understand structure, plot, and scene dynamics. This intensive workshop consists of reading assignments (where you will learn what it means to "read like a writer"), in-class exercises, assigned writing, lectures on craft, and the give-and-take of critique workshops. The goal is for you to create a solid outline of your novel (or a solid plan for finding your way to the heart of your story), write a first chapter, and acquire the tools you need to keep you going when you return to your cave.
Course may be taken to satisfy core (Beginning) units in the Fiction Certificate Program, or as an elective in either fiction/creative nonfiction certificate.
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