Refine your manuscript into a polished novel as you work closely with peer writers and a master instructor to elevate your work to a professional level.
What you will learn.
- Focus on structure and theme in your novel
- Learn how to maintain your unique voice
- Collaborate with your instructor and peers to improve manuscripts
- Perfect self-editing techniques
About this course:For students who have completed Novel Writing IV, this intensive workshop is specifically directed toward refining an advanced manuscript into a polished novel. The focus is on structural and thematic aspects and the maintenance of the author's unique voice. You work closely with your peers and the instructor to assess portions of individual manuscripts. Emphasis is given to developing and perfecting self-editing techniques. The overall goal of the course is for each novel to reach a professional level appropriate for eventual publication.
Spring 2020 Schedule
These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.
Enrollment limited to 12 students.Visitors not permitted. $100 nonrefundable. Not eligible for any discounts. Internet access required. Materials required.
Please note: Due to adjustments made to Spring quarter, this course is now scheduled to be delivered in a synchronous online format. Classes will be delivered weekly in an online forum at the scheduled time assigned to the course. Further adjustments may be made by the instructor in order to best serve the course material. Please check Canvas regularly for updates.
The application deadline for this advanced course is Monday, March 9 at 9:00 am (PST).
Course may be taken to satisfy core (Advanced) units in the Creative Writing Certificate Program, or as an elective in a creative writing certificate.
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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:
- Click “Start” on the first Application page.
- On the 2nd Application page, click “Start” on the bottom left side of the page.
- After that, you will be asked to upload a writing sample, per the guidelines below.
- 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.