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

SARAH STONE
Author

Sarah Stone is the author of Hungry Ghost Theater, a finalist for the 38th annual Northern California Book Awards, and The True Sources of the Nile and co-author, with Ron Nyren, of Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly, The Millions, Scoundrel Time, The Believer, A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Zadie Smith, On Beauty (ISBN 9780143037743)
(Required) Jeanette Winterson, The Passion (ISBN 9780802135223)