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NVL 24 — Novel Writing: The Long and Rewarding Journey

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jun 29—Aug 3
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 12
Units: 2
Tuition: $475
Instructor(s): Michael David Lukas
Limit: 21
On-campus course
6:30—9:30 pm
Jun 29—Aug 3
6 weeks
Drop By
Jul 12
2 Units
Michael David Lukas
"Writing fiction,” Stephen King has said, “especially a long work of fiction, can be a difficult, lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub.” This course will provide beginning and experienced writers with tools and provisions to support them throughout the long (but rewarding) journey that is writing a novel. With workshops, short craft lectures, and in-class writing exercises, they will hone their novel-writing skills, exploring point of view, character, plot, setting, and the dynamic tension between scene and summary. In addition, students will read and discuss work by such authors as Ann Patchett, Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, and Kazuo Ishiguro, in order to gain a better understanding of how the various aspects of the novel work together to create a piece of art. The course aims to inspire students to consider their work and writing practice in new ways—bending, stretching, and growing as writers as well as readers. By the end, students will have the skills, confidence, and theoretical foundation to hop in that bathtub and start paddling.

Michael David Lukas, Author

Michael David Lukas is the author of The Oracle of Stamboul. Translated into fourteen languages, it was a finalist for the California Book Award, the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. A 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and The Georgia Review. He has taught and mentored creative writing students at SF State, the University of the Pacific, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and 826 Valencia.