NVL 01 W — Planning Your Novel: Starting from Scratch
This is not a traditional writing course; you will not be generating pages of your actual novel. But once you do sit down to write, this critical planning work will allow you to make that writing purposeful and meaningful.
Because of the high-enrollment capacity of the course, the
instructors will provide models for feedback and answer
general questions about the novel planning and writing
processes. They will respond to one short assignment per
student, per week. Students will offer and receive feedback
in small groups. Students looking for a full-term online
course with instructor-led workshop components should
consider “Discovering Your Novel’s Secret Center” (NVL
Grade restriction: No letter grade.
Students may take NVL 01 W: “Planning Your Novel: Starting from Scratch” and NVL 02 W: “Write a Novel in a Month: No Critics, No Fear” as a two-part series, using the first part to plan the book that they will then draft in the second part; or they can enroll in either course independently. NVL 01 W is not a prerequisite for NVL 02 W.
Malena Watrous, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford; Online Writing Lead Instructor, Stanford Continuing StudiesMalena Watrous is the author of the novel If You Follow Me, which received a Michener-Copernicus award. She frequently reviews books for such publications as The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow.
Scott Hutchins, Online Writing and Certificate Program Curriculum Coordinator; Former Stegner Fellow; Jones and Draper Lecturer in Creative Writing, StanfordScott Hutchins’s debut novel, A Working Theory of Love, was a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2012. His work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Five Chapters, The Rumpus, The New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, and Esquire. He received two Hopwood awards and the Andrea Beauchamp Prize in short fiction. Hutchins teaches fiction, nonfiction, graphic novel, arts writing, and “Twitter Fiction/Future Forms” in Stanford’s Creative Writing Program.
Textbooks for this course:
(Recommended) John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (ISBN 978-0142424179)
(Recommended) Martha Conway, The Underground River (ISBN 978-1501160202)
(Recommended) J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace (ISBN 978-0140296402)