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OWC 304 A — Novel II: Plot and Structure

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Mar 29—Jun 4
Refund Deadline: Apr 1
Units: 3
Tuition: $1120
Instructor(s): Angela Pneuman
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
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Spring
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Mar 29—Jun 4
10 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 1
3 Units
Fees
$1120
Instructor(s):
Angela Pneuman
Limit
17
Closed
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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.

Angela Pneuman, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford; Executive Director, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

Angela Pneuman is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the short story collection Home Remedies. Her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Glimmer Train, The Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, and she is a contributor to Salon, The Believer, and The Rumpus. She received an MFA from Indiana University and a PhD in English from SUNY Albany.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Stephen Koch, The Modern Library Writer's Workshop (ISBN 0375755586)
(Required) Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic (ISBN 0307744426)
(Required) Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake (ISBN 9780618485222)