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

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Dec 4
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Units: 3
Tuition: $675
Instructor(s): Chris Baty
Limit: 21
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 27
6:30—9:20 pm
Sep 25—Dec 4
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
3 Units
Chris Baty
Please Note: No class on November 27
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 this course with a 50,000-word first draft and a reinvigorated sense of creative momentum.

Chris Baty, Founder, National Novel Writing Month

Chris Baty is the author of No Plot? No Problem! and co-author of the Ready, Set, Novel! workbook. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Afar, Via, and The Believer, and he is the senior writer for product and culture at Dropbox. As the founder of NaNoWriMo, Baty has helped hundreds of thousands of novelists write a first draft in thirty days.

Textbooks for this course:

Please Note: No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days: Be sure to get the revised and expanded edition (it has an orange cover)
(Required) Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days, Revised and Expanded edition (ISBN 1452124779)
(Required) Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (ISBN 0062459368)