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

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Dec 8
Refund Deadline: Sep 29
Units: 3
Tuition: $1240
Instructor(s): Antoine Wilson
Limit: 13
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 20
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Sep 26—Dec 8
10 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 29
3 Units
Antoine Wilson
Please Note: No class the week of November 20
ACCESS 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.


Antoine Wilson is the award-winning author of the novels Mouth to Mouth, Panorama City, and The Interloper. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin, UC San Diego, UCLA Extension, and Otis College of Art and Design. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, StoryQuarterly, and Best New American Voices, and he is a contributing editor at A Public Space.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (ISBN 978-0679731726)
(Required) Jane Smiley, 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel (ISBN 978-1400033188)