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OWC 306 A — Novel IV: Manuscript Preparedness

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 14—Mar 22
Drop Deadline: Jan 17
Units: 3
Tuition: $1090
Instructor(s): Helena Echlin
Limit: 13
Status: Open
Jan 14—Mar 22
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 17
3 Units
Helena Echlin
Course Prerequisite: Students must have completed OWC 305 Novel III. 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.

This last core course will allow students to make sure their manuscript is in the best shape possible and ready for the final step in the Certificate Program—the One-on-One Tutorial, where students will work individually with an instructor who will serve as a writing coach and editor, guiding each student through a revision. The focus will be on drafting missing sections, redrafting chapters that workshops in the previous courses have shown to be problematic, performing line editing, or taking on any other activities the instructor and student feel will best advance the completion of the manuscript. Students will each create an individualized plan of action during the first week, then be placed into small groups where the instructor will facilitate the exchange of significant sections of the manuscripts in progress. Chat and bulletin boards will allow students to receive support from both the instructor and their peers on process and good work habits, and to exchange words of encouragement. The goal is for each student to enter the One-on-One Tutorial having already received the feedback of several peer readers.

Helena Echlin, Author

Helena Echlin is the author of the novels Mr. Best Ever and Gone, as well as numerous articles that have been published in UK newspapers such as The Guardian and The Times, and in US publications such as Yoga Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. For five years, she wrote the etiquette advice column “Table Manners” for Chowhound.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Renni Browne, Dave King, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-0060545697)