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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 23—Dec 6
Drop Deadline: Sep 26
Units: 3
Tuition: $1100
Instructor(s): Martha Conway
Limit: 14
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 25
Sep 23—Dec 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 26
3 Units
Martha Conway
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.

Martha Conway, Author

Martha Conway’s latest novel, The Underground River, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Her first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award, and her short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Carolina Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, The Quarterly, and other journals. Conway received an MA in creative writing from SF State.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Ursula K. Le Guin, Steering the Craft (ISBN 978-0544611610)
(Required) Jane Smiley, 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel (ISBN 978-1400033188)
(Required) Various, Writers on Writing, Vol. 2: Collected Essays from the New York Times, Vol. 2 (ISBN 978-0805075885)