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OWC 304 C — Novel II: Plot and Structure

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 2—Jun 8
Drop Deadline: Apr 5
Units: 3
Tuition: $1050
Instructor(s): Brendan Jones
Limit: 15
Status: Open
Apr 2—Jun 8
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 5
3 Units
Brendan Jones
This course is not open to the public, but rather by admission only. For more information on the Online Writing Certificate Program and its application process, please click here.

In this course, students will focus on how to create and sustain the “long middle” of their novels, continuing their journey toward the completion of their manuscript. The long middle is the area where plot and structure of the novel are most important, because we may have lost that burst of energy that propelled our beginnings, but the end is not yet in sight. This course will teach students how to continue building suspense and intensity past the inciting incident by alternating between different subplots and points of view, to ensure modulation; and framing scenes and chapters for maximum tension, to keep readers turning pages.

Brendan Jones, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Brendan Jones’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Ploughshares, Narrative, Popular Woodworking, The Huffington Post, and Saveur, and on NPR. He has received grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. His first novel, The Alaskan Laundry, was published in 2016. He received an MA from Oxford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Stephen Koch, The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop (ISBN 978-0375755583)
(Required) Tobias Wolff, Old School (ISBN 978-0375701498)
(Required) Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake (ISBN 978-0618485222)