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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 1—Jun 7
Drop Deadline: Apr 4
Units: 3
Tuition: $1090
Instructor(s): Stephanie Reents
Limit: 14
Apr 1—Jun 7
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 4
3 Units
Stephanie Reents
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.

Stephanie Reents, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Stephanie Reents received a BA from Amherst College, a second BA from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her short stories have appeared in Epoch, StoryQuarterly, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, New South, O. Henry Prize Stories 2006, and Best of the West, among other publications. Her collection of stories, The Kissing List, was published in 2012.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Stephen Koch, The Modern Library Writer's Workshop, Paperback Ed. 2003 (ISBN 0375755586)
(Required) J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace, Any edition will be fine (ISBN 0140296409)
(Required) Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry (ISBN 978-1501166785)