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

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 20—Dec 3
Refund Deadline: Sep 23
Units: 3
Tuition: $1120
Instructor(s): Malena Watrous
Limit: 17
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 22
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Fall
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Sep 20—Dec 3
10 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 23
3 Units
Fees
$1120
Instructor(s):
Malena Watrous
Limit
17
Recording
Yes
Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 22
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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.

MALENA WATROUS
Former Stegner Fellow; Online Writing Certificate Program Lead and Creative Writing Coordinator, Stanford Continuing Studies

Malena Watrous is the author of the novel If You Follow Me, and co-author of the novel Sparked and the cookbook My Mexico City Kitchen. She has contributed to The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Writer's Digest Books, The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know to Create & Sell Your Work, 3rd (ISBN 1440348391)
(Required) Charles Baxter, The Art of Subtext (ISBN 9781555974732)