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

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays/Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 19—Dec 2
Time: 5:30—7:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 21
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $470
Instructor(s): Samina Ali
Limit: 125
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
Please Note: Class schedule: 6 Tuesdays, October 19 – November 30, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (PT); 6 Thursdays, October 21 – December 2, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (PT); No class the week of November 22
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Fall
Live Online(About Formats)
Tuesdays/Thursdays
5:30—7:00 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Oct 19—Dec 2
6 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 21
1 Unit
Fees
$470
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Samina Ali
Limit
125
Recording
Yes
Closed
Please Note: Class schedule: 6 Tuesdays, October 19 – November 30, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (PT); 6 Thursdays, October 21 – December 2, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (PT); No class the week of November 22
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 just 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. In the week 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, plotting. In addition to the online lectures, the instructor will provide two ninety-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 draft 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:

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