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

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Dec 9
Refund Deadline: Sep 29
Units: 3
Tuition: $1200
Instructor(s): Joshua Mohr
Limit: 17
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class the week of November 21
Fall
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Sep 26—Dec 9
10 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 29
3 Units
Fees
$1200
Instructor(s):
Joshua Mohr
Limit
17
Recording
Yes
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class the week of November 21
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.

JOSHUA MOHR
Author

Joshua Mohr is the author of five novels, including Damascus, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He has also written Fight Song and Some Things That Meant the World to Me, one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s 10 Terrific Reads of 2009. Mohr’s novel Termite Parade was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. All This Life received a Northern California Book Award. His first book of nonfiction, Sirens, is a memoir. Mohr received an MFA from the University of San Francisco.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.