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NVL 40 — Firing Up Your Novel: Inspiration and Strategies to Keep Your Writing on Track

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 days
Date(s): Feb 5—Feb 13
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 5
Unit: 1
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Marisa Handler
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Full schedule: Saturdays, February 5 and February 12; Sundays, February 6 and February 13; 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Feb 5—Feb 13
4 days
Refund Date
Feb 5
1 Unit
Fees
$340
Instructor(s):
Marisa Handler
Limit
21
Recording
No
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Full schedule: Saturdays, February 5 and February 12; Sundays, February 6 and February 13; 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
“Writing a novel is like driving at night in the fog,” said E.L. Doctorow. “You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” While this can be true, it’s helpful to have a grasp of some key elements from the beginning: character, central idea, and general arc. Still, often the biggest obstacle to gaining momentum on a major writing project is the sense that we need to know where we’re going—and exactly how to get there—well before we arrive. But even for the most methodical planners, creative writing invariably involves elements of discovery and surprise. So what exactly do you need to know to get moving? This course aims to get you started on your novel—or, if you’ve faltered, to get you back on track. We’ll address character and plot development as well as writing style and point of view. We’ll also do some focused freewriting to get clarity on some of the foggier areas that may be blocking our process. And we’ll discuss effective ways of integrating a consistent writing practice into our lives. By the end of the course, you will have a solid foundation for beginning or resuming your novel, as well as inspiration and strategies to keep you focused over the long haul.

MARISA HANDLER
Author

Marisa Handler is the author of the memoir Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist, which received a Nautilus Gold Award. Her essays, fiction, journalism, and poetry have appeared in The Sun, Orion, Salon, Witness, Kosmos, and five80split. Handler received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and numerous fellowships in creative writing, including a Fulbright and an Elizabeth George Foundation grant.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.