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NVL 21 — Becoming a High-Velocity Writer: National Novel Writing Month

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Dec 6
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 10
Units: 3
Tuition: $660
Instructor(s): Chris Baty
Limit: 21
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 22
On-campus course
6:30—9:20 pm
Sep 27—Dec 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 10
3 Units
Chris Baty
Please Note: No class on November 22
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is the world’s largest creative writing event—a literary marathon that inspires 400,000 people to bash out a novel every November. More than a dozen bestsellers, from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus to Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, started out as NaNoWriMo manuscripts.

In this course, students will plan and write their own 50,000-word novel drafts in ten unforgettable weeks. We will spend September and October reading a short novel, gathering material for our books, and exploring useful storytelling concepts. On November 1, we will dive into a month of literary abandon. Students will write the bulk of their books outside of class, but we will come together every week for pep talks, word-count check-ins, plot-doctoring sessions, momentum-boosting activities, guest lectures from successful NaNoWriMo authors, and in-class writing sprints. The course will conclude with a party and reading where we will share passages from our new books. Students will leave class with a 50,000-word first draft and a reinvigorated sense of creative momentum.

Chris Baty, Author; Journalist

Chris Baty is the author of No Plot? No Problem! and the co-author of the Ready, Set, Novel! workbook. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Afar, Via, The Believer, and in Lonely Planet guidebooks. As the founder of National Novel Writing Month, Baty has helped hundreds of thousands of novelists write a first draft in thirty days.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem!, 2014 Revised and Expanded edition (ISBN 978-1452124773)
(Required) Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Mass Market (ISBN 978-0062459367)