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OWC 305 D — 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): Nami Mun
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
Nami Mun
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.

Nami Mun, Author

Nami Mun is the author of the novel Miles from Nowhere, which received the Whiting Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Bread Loaf, and Tin House. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Tin House, The Iowa Review, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, and elsewhere.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Hye-Young Pyun, The Hole (ISBN 1628727802)
(Required) Yuri Herrera , Signs Preceding the End of the World (ISBN 1908276428)