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

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 23—Dec 6
Drop Deadline: Sep 26
Units: 3
Tuition: $1100
Instructor(s): Deborah Johnson
Limit: 13
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 25
Sep 23—Dec 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 26
3 Units
Deborah Johnson
Please Note: No class the week of November 25
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 most recent book, The Secret of Magic, 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 lived for many years in Rome, where she was a translator, editor, and broadcaster at Vatican Radio.

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)