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NVL 29 W — Novel Writing Without Tears

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 23
Drop Deadline: Jan 19
Units: 3
Tuition: $880
Instructor(s): Valerie Brelinski
Limit: 17
Status: Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Jan 16—Mar 23
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 19
3 Units
Fees
$880
Instructor(s):
Valerie Brelinski
Limit
17
Registration opens on 12/04/2017
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Does the idea of writing a novel seem both exciting and terrifying? Are you equally thrilled and daunted at the prospect of trying to turn your story ideas into something resembling a book-length manuscript? This course will help relieve your fears by showing you just how a novel is organized and by dividing the novel-writing process into manageable portions of writing. Our weekly mini lessons will teach you how to recognize your own story’s inciting incident, raise its physical and emotional stakes, and shape its raw material into a cohesive, tension-raising structure, while our daily writing exercises will give you practice in creating fascinating, plot-provoking characters, and settings that do much more than describe time and place. We will workshop sections from our emergent novels, and also hone those all-important, agent-attracting opening pages. In addition, we will closely examine the novel The North Water by Ian McGuire, receive expert instruction from Donald Maass’s craft book, Writing the Breakout Novel. No matter how incipient your novel-writing desire (or entrenched your fear!), this course will provide you with the tools and confidence to help bring your dream novel to fruition.

Valerie Brelinski, Former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer, Stanford

Valerie Brelinski is the author of the novel The Girl Who Slept with God. Her writing has been published in Vogue, MORE, Salon, The Rumpus, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She has taught creative writing at Stanford and the University of Virginia, from which she received an MFA in fiction writing, and where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. She is currently at work on a memoir.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Ian McGuire, The North Water (ISBN 978-1250118141)
(Required) Donald Maass, Writing the Breakout Novel (ISBN 978-1582971827)
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