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FICT 63 W — Romancing the Page: Writing the Romance Novel

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jun 25—Aug 31
Drop Deadline: Jun 28
Units: 3
Tuition: $880
Instructor(s): Deborah Johnson
Limit: 17
Status: Registration opens on 05/29/2018
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 6/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Summer
Date(s)
Jun 25—Aug 31
10 weeks
Drop By
Jun 28
3 Units
Fees
$880
Instructor(s):
Deborah Johnson
Limit
17
Registration opens on 05/29/2018
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 6/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
An editor once made this very sage observation,”Not everyone has found a dead body on his doorstep, but every single person out there has been in love.” Romance continues to be the fastest-growing segment of American fiction. This course will not only explore Romance as genre writing but will expand on this idea by showing how basic romantic elements can be incorporated as a “thread element” in other genre and non-genre novels. Students will discuss classics such as Our Mutual Friend, Jane Eyre, and Rebecca and examine why they remain perennial favorites. We will also examine more contemporary Romance writers and study why their novels work. Next, we will take a look at newer variations on this theme in Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Call Me by Your Name, and Beautiful Ruins—and explore how romance has been used in these novels to touch a wider, contemporary, gender-inclusive audience. Simultaneously, students will begin or continue work on their own novels, incorporating into them what is being learned as they move their stories forward and get feedback from their cohorts. This course is suitable for anyone interested in writing Romance or incorporating elements of it into their work—both those who are just beginning their novels and those who have been working on an idea they would like to enhance.

Deborah Johnson, Author

Deborah Johnson’s most recent book, The Secret of Magic, received the 2015 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Her previous novel, The Air Between Us, received the Mississippi Library Association Award for Fiction. She lived for many years in Rome, where she was a translator, editor, and broadcaster at Vatican Radio, and has been director of the Colom Foundation in Columbus, Mississippi.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (ISBN 978-0812981223)
(Required) Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins (ISBN 978-0061928178)
(Required) Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (ISBN 978-0735220683)
(Required) Elizabeth George, Write Away (ISBN 978-0060560447)