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NVL 37 — No Critics, No Fear: Write a Novel in 30 Days

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays/Thursday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 18—Dec 1
Time: 5:30—7:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 20
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $505
Instructor(s): Samina Ali
Limit: 160
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Class schedule: 6 Tuesdays, October 18 - November 29, 5:30 – 7:00 pm (PT); 6 Thursday, October 20 - December 1, 5:30 – 7:00 pm (PT); No class the week of November 21
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Fall
Live Online(About Formats)
Tuesdays/Thursday
5:30—7:00 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Oct 18—Dec 1
6 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 20
1 Unit
Fees
$505
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Samina Ali
Limit
160
Recording
Yes
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Class schedule: 6 Tuesdays, October 18 - November 29, 5:30 – 7:00 pm (PT); 6 Thursday, October 20 - December 1, 5:30 – 7:00 pm (PT); No class the week of November 21
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Is it possible to write a novel in a month? Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants) and Hugh Howey (Wool) are two bestselling authors who did just that. With a healthy dose of determination and the support of this course, you can too! For the month of November, aka National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), we will set out together to write a novel, with the goal of fast-drafting NaNoWriMo-style from start to finish. This process will be generative, playful, and necessarily uncritical. Beginning two weeks before November, we will do some planning and plotting, revving our engines. Once November hits, each weekday your goal will be to write 1,500 words. To that end, you will receive daily prompts to keep you rolling, as well as weekly lessons in different aspects of the novel-writing craft—inciting incident, character building, narrative arc, and plotting. In addition to the online lectures, the instructor will provide two 90-minute live online sessions every week. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to take a deeper dive into craft techniques, participate in writing exercises, and regularly come together with a supportive writing community, all of which will inspire you onward. While students will not receive feedback from the instructor, there will be a daily accountability thread and the option of joining small groups to share work with classmates. At the end of the course, students will celebrate their accomplishments and look toward the next steps in getting their first drafts completed.

SAMINA ALI
Author

Samina Ali's novel Madras on Rainy Days received France's Prix du Premier Roman Etranger award, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in Fiction, and was named a best debut novel by Poets & Writers. Among other places, her work has been featured in The Economist, The Guardian, and Vogue and on NPR. Ali was also a featured presenter at the Nobel Women's Initiative 2017 International Conference.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Matt Bell, Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts (ISBN 978-1641293419)