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NVL 09 W — Writing the Novel from Back to Front

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 21—Dec 4
Drop Deadline: Sep 24
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Caroline Leavitt
Limit: 20
Status: Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class the week of November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Sep 21—Dec 4
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 24
3 Units
Fees
$910
Instructor(s):
Caroline Leavitt
Limit
20
Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class the week of November 23. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
John Irving said, "I don't start a novel … until I know the end." Are you trying to write a novel but have no idea where to start? Imagining your last scene can lead to your first one, especially using story structure. Structure is the spine of every novel, helping the "limbs" of character, dialogue, and setting to hold together. In this course, we will study story structure to find the spine of your novel so you can get creative with it, helped by John Truby's The Anatomy of Story and Lisa Cron's Wired for Story. The instructor will hold weekly forty-five-minute videoconferences, focusing on structural lessons, including outlining psychological and moral needs, reversals, reveals, moral choices, and other tactics. Each week, five students will be selected to have their work critiqued by other students and the instructor. By the end of the course, students will have a synopsis, techniques to map out their novel (including the use of reveals, reversals, and moral choices), and a last chapter from which they can work backward.

Caroline Leavitt, Author

Caroline Leavitt is the author of twelve novels, including Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You. Her latest novel is With or Without You, and her next novel, tentatively titled Days of Wonder, is forthcoming. Leavitt's essays, stories, and articles have appeared in Salon, Psychology Today, New York, The New York Times “Modern Love” column, the Chicago Tribune, Parents, Redbook, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and several anthologies. She also teaches in the online UCLA Extension Writers' Program and has reviewed books for People, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, AARP, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Lisa Cron, Wired for Story (ISBN 1607742454)
(Required) John Truby, The Anatomy of Story (ISBN 0865479933)
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