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OWC 305 C — 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: 15
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving
Sep 26—Dec 9
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 4
3 Units
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.

Valerie Ford Brelinski, Former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer, Stanford

Valerie Brelinski’s novel, The Girl Who Slept with God, was released this past year. Her writing has been published in Vogue, MORE, Salon, The Rumpus, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She has taught creative writing at Stanford and the University of Virginia. Brelinski received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Virginia where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks