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OWC 305 A — Novel III: Subtext, Theme, and Language

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Dec 9
Drop Deadline: Oct 4
Unit(s): 3 Units
Tuition: $990
Limit: 13
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 26—Dec 9
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 4
3 Units
Fees
$990
Limit
13
Closed
Please Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving
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, we will continue to build on the foundational elements of storytelling that have been laid down in the previous courses. We will home in on the relationships among present action, backstory, and subtext. We will ponder the crucial collision point between plot and characterization. Your novel's subconscious concerns will slowly rise to the surface as we delve deeper and try to uncover your theme. This course will have an extensive workshop component, so the focus will stay on the students’ novels. The goal will be for each student to complete a draft—however rough it may be—of their novel before thesis instruction.

Joshua Mohr, Author

Joshua Mohr is the author of five novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O, The Oprah Magazine's 10 Terrific Reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller. Mohr's novel, Termite Parade, was an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times, and All This Life recently won the Northern California Book Award. He is the executive editor at Decant Editorial and his first book of nonfiction, a memoir called Sirens, will be published in January 2017. Mohr received an MFA from the University of San Francisco.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks
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