Novel IV


Enter the home stretch on writing your novel with this advanced course that helps you address your entire book and prepare for the revision processes.

Remote Instruction
Starting at $755.00
As few as 10 weeks

What you will learn.

  • Focus on mastering technique
  • Envision your full novel and work toward your goal
  • Get intensive feedback on your draft
  • Learn self-editing skills to carry you through the writing process

About this course:

For students with at least 100 pages of a novel, this advanced workshop focuses on elements of technique and vision necessary for a work to be considered complete. You receive intensive instructor and peer critiques of manuscript chapters and their relation to the overall work, including a review as needed of the effective use of voice, tone, mood, imagery, and metaphor. A major goal of this course is to give you the self-editing skills to polish and revise your entire novel within and beyond the course itself. 

WRITING X 411.3 Novel III or comparable workshop experience.

Winter 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Tuesday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Mark Sarvas
39 days left. Enroll by Jan 12, 2021
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Enrollment limited to 12 students. Visitors not permitted. $100 nonrefundable. Enrollment discounts limited to WP NOW members; no other discounts apply.

The application deadline for this advanced course is Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9am (PST).

To apply:

Log in with your existing student account and then “add to cart”, or click “add to cart” and follow the prompts to create a new or returning student account. Then, follow the remaining instructions below:

  1. Click “Start” on the first Application page.
  2. On the 2nd Application page, click “Start” on the bottom left side of the page.
  3. After that, you will be asked to upload a writing sample, per the guidelines below. 
  4. Once you finish the steps, click "Submit Application."

Please note that there are no pre-approvals. All students must submit the following requirements in order to be eligible for an advanced creative writing course.

Submission guidelines: submit one document (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins on all sides) containing a 10-page writing sample; a synopsis of up to one page for any longer submitted works (novels); a personal statement of one paragraph outlining what the student hopes to gain from the class; and a list of previous courses completed in the Writers’ Program or other programs, with instructors (when known).

NOTE: Despite being asked to enter payment information, YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED for this course unless you choose to enroll if/when you receive a notice of acceptance for the course. In other words, it’s 100% free to apply. The full course fee will be due up front to register, prior to attending the course.

Selection notices will likely be distributed via email 1-2 weeks before the class is scheduled to start. In the meantime, you can also register for alternative open-enrollment course and transfer upon your acceptance.

Course may be taken to satisfy core (Advanced) units in the Fiction Certificate Program, or as an elective in either fiction/creative nonfiction certificate.

For more information on programs and services offered by the Writers’ Program, please visit our website.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.


Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 05, 2021
Course Requirements
Book: Middle Passage by Charles Johnson
Tue Jan 12, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Tue Jan 19, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Tue Jan 26, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Tue Feb 2, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Tue Feb 9, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Tue Feb 16, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Tue Feb 23, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Tue Mar 2, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Tue Mar 9, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Tue Mar 16, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT

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Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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