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NVL 30 — Novel Writing: The Art of Spinning Tales

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 12—Mar 16
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 14
Units: 3
Tuition: $675
Instructor(s): Samina Ali
Limit: 22
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Tuesdays
6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 12—Mar 16
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 14
3 Units
Fees
$675
Instructor(s):
Samina Ali
Limit
22
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
The aim of this course is to allow for as much freedom as possible to produce and revise original work, regardless of what type of novel you wish to write: romance, historical, magical realism, fantasy, sci-fi, or literary. At its core, good novel writing is about how well you can spin your tale. Students will submit a sample of their novel-in-progress, and during class, we will focus on careful analysis and discussion of these excerpts-in-progress, grappling with questions of voice, point of view, dramatic movement, structure, rhythm, and imagery, as well as with any and all issues of art and craft that arise from the individual manuscripts. Our critiques of our fellow students’ work will be thoughtful, insightful, supportive, and rigorous. In addition to the group’s comments, the instructor will provide written feedback and reading suggestions. Together, we will read short stories online that demonstrate various craft elements. Whether you’re working to complete your first full draft, deeply revising a novel, or just beginning your novel, the inspiration and direction you gain from this course will leave you eager to dive back into your stories.

Samina Ali, Author

Samina Ali's novel Madras on Rainy Days received France's Prix du Premier Roman Etranger award, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in Fiction, and was named a best debut novel by Poets & Writers. Among other places, her work has been featured in The Economist, The Guardian, and Vogue, and on NPR. Ali was also a featured presenter at the Nobel Women's Initiative 2017 International Conference.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Edward P. Jones, The Known World (ISBN 978-0060557553)
(Required) Jessica Brody, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever Need (ISBN 978-0399579745)
(Required) Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing (ISBN 978-0735219090)
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