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OWC 304 D — 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): Lauren Kate
Limit: 14
Spring
Date(s)
Apr 1—Jun 7
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 4
3 Units
Fees
$1090
Instructor(s):
Lauren Kate
Limit
14
Closed
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.

Lauren Kate, Author

Lauren Kate is the author of nine novels, including the Fallen series, the Teardrop series, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over thirty languages. The feature film of Fallen was released by Sony Pictures in 2017. She received an MA in creative writing from UC Davis and is a former acquiring editor at HarperCollins.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Stephen Koch, The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction (Modern Library Paperbacks) (ISBN 978-0375755583)
(Required) J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace: A Novel (ISBN 978-0140296402)
(Required) Julie Otsuka, Buddha in the Attic (ISBN 978-0307744425)
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