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OWC 304 B — 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): Lauren Kate
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):
Lauren Kate
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.

Lauren Kate, Author

Lauren Kate is the author of nine novels, including The Orphan’s Song, the Fallen series, the Teardrop series, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have sold over ten million copies worldwide and have been translated into over thirty languages. The feature film Fallen was released in the US 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) Steven Koch, The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction (ISBN 978-0375755583)
(Required) Julie Otsuka, The Buddha In the Attic (ISBN 978-0307744425)
(Required) Kevin Wilson, Nothing to See Here (ISBN 978-0062913494)