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

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Dec 8
Drop Deadline: Sep 28
Units: 3
Tuition: $1050
Instructor(s): Deborah Johnson
Limit: 13
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 20
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 25—Dec 8
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 28
3 Units
Fees
$1050
Instructor(s):
Deborah Johnson
Limit
13
Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 20
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.

Deborah Johnson, Author

Deborah Johnson’s latest novel is The Secret of Magic, which received the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Her previous novel, The Air Between Us, received the Mississippi Library Association Award for Fiction. She has been a translator and an editor, a broadcaster at Vatican Radio, and director of the Colom Foundation in Columbus, Mississippi.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Jess Walters, Beautiful Ruins (ISBN 978-0061928178)
(Required) Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (ISBN 978-0804172448)
(Required) Daniel Kehlmann, You Should Have Left (ISBN 978-1101871928)
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