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OWC 101 D — The Writing Life: Form and Theory of the Novel

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 20—Dec 3
Refund Deadline: Sep 1
Units: 3
Tuition: $1120
Instructor(s): Angela Pneuman
Limit: 15
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 22
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Fall
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Sep 20—Dec 3
10 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 1
3 Units
Fees
$1120
Instructor(s):
Angela Pneuman
Limit
15
Recording
Yes
Closed
Please Note: No class the week of November 22
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This course is not open to the public, but rather by admission only. For more information on the Online Writing Certificate Program and its application process, please click here.

This first course in the OWC series introduces the fundamentals of novel design. Students will read and analyze two published novels, developing their own ideas about how authors create the effects they do on the page. The class will look first at a bestselling genre novel, considering such key questions as: How does the inciting incident prepare readers for the climax? How do scenes build on the tension of previous scenes, raising the stakes? And how do characters’ internal drives interface with external challenges to create a meaningful plot? The class will then revisit these questions with a work of literary fiction, considering whether and how these fundamentals apply to a quieter novel. Weekly discussion questions and writing prompts will help students think about how best to construct their own books. In the second half of the quarter, students will share a section of their novel-in-progress for supportive discussion by the class, gaining vital insight for the drafting and development they will be doing in workshop throughout the remainder of the certificate program. This course will also help students to develop the habits of successful fiction writers. The goal is for each student to reach a better understanding of how to shape a novel, a better grasp on the individual writing process, and a greater ability to constructively self-evaluate.

ANGELA PNEUMAN
Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford; Executive Director, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference

Angela Pneuman is the author of the novel Lay It on My Heart and the short story collection Home Remedies. Her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Glimmer Train, The Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, and she is a contributor to Salon, The Believer, and The Rumpus. She received an MFA from Indiana University and a PhD in English from SUNY Albany.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Stephen Koch, The Modern Library Writer's Workshop (ISBN ISBN-13: 978-0375755583)
(Required) Lynda Barry, Syllabus (ISBN ISBN-13: 978-1770461611)
(Required) Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half (ISBN ISBN-13: 978-0525536291)
(Required) Tobias Wolff, Old School (ISBN ISBN-13: 978-0375701498)
(Recommended) Stacey Swann, Olympus, Texas (ISBN 978-0385545211)