ONLINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN NOVEL WRITING
Program RequirementsAll courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students must maintain a B average to remain in the program. All policies and the honor code must be adhered to. In addition, Certificate students are required to abide by the Student Code of Conduct that applies to all Stanford Continuing Studies students. Failure to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, honor code, or other program policies, may result in removal from the Certificate Program. As is common in higher education programs, admission to the Certificate program is provisional. After your first quarter, a committee will be reviewing your coursework and conduct before granting permission to proceed.
AttendanceSince discussions and workshops are central elements to all courses in the Certificate Program, weekly online participation is expected. Participation and attendance are factored into grades, and serious lack of participation could result in removal from the program and forfeiture of fees and tuition. However, there are no required online meeting times. Students may log in and complete assignments anytime during the day and with considerable flexibility during the week.
Reasonable Work ExpectationsIn order to complete a full manuscript within the two-year program, we recommend students write roughly three times the pages assigned and workshopped in their classes. At this recommended rate, students who start their novel from scratch will enter the One-on-One Tutorial with 200 pages of prose.
Course Sequence RequirementsStudents are expected to take all five OWC core courses in sequence, without breaks, beginning in the term in which they are admitted. With the exception of the Summer recess, the courses must be taken consecutively until students complete Novel IV (OWC 306). The alternative genre course may be taken during the Summer quarter, or within a year of finishing Novel IV. These courses are selected from the open-enrollment Continuing Studies courses, and students will be notified each quarer which upcoming courses will meet the elective requirement.
If a student is planning on completing the optional One-on-One Tutorial, which must also be done within a year after Novel IV, note that the elective must taken before this as well.