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

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 21—Dec 4
Drop Deadline: Sep 24
Units: 3
Tuition: $1120
Instructor(s): Deborah Johnson
Limit: 15
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Sep 21—Dec 4
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 24
3 Units
Fees
$1120
Instructor(s):
Deborah Johnson
Limit
15
Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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 novel, 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)
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