In this follow up to Novel Writing Master Class 1, we'll dive into dialogue, structure, theme and voice, and revision.
In this course, you'll learn:
-how to write great dialogue that deepens character and propels the story forward
-how plan your novel using lists and a story chart
-how to find the best structure for you novel
-how to find your own unique voice
-how to use theme to deepen the reader's experience
-how theme and plot work together
-how to end your novel
-how to revise your novel with an eye toward publication
WHAT YOU'LL GET
Course Structure: This course includes five modules. Each module consists of instructional videos, written lectures, an assignment, and discussion forums. When you enroll, you receive immediate access to the first module. You'll receive a new module each week. You can access your course at any time, from any device. Students may also submit questions for video response by the instructor. (If you have enrolled in the Novel Writing Master Class Series, all of the modules will become available the moment you enroll).
Goals and Outcomes: You will leave this class with a clear understanding of the intricacies of dialogue, structure, theme, and voice. You will build upon what you learned in Novel Writing Master Class 1, working toward a draft of your novel. We'll end with a module on revision, providing you with clear next steps to take in your novel writing journey.
Who will benefit from this course? This course is suitable for writers who want to begin a novel or continue work on a novel-in progress. No previous writing class experience is required.
This course is the second course in the Novel Writing Master Class Series.
To begin at the beginning, enroll in Novel Writing Master Class 1: Character, Description, Point of View, and Suspense. If you already want to focus solely on plot, enroll in PLOTTING THE NOVEL, the second course in the series.
Do you want to learn the basics of narrative craft before jumping into a novel? Start with MASTER THE SHORT STORY: The Fundamentals of Fiction, an 8-week introductory-level course in which you'll learn the fundamentals of narrative craft and write a story for publication.
Michelle Richmond is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog, and two story collections, including Hum, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress, winner of the Grace Paley Prize for Fiction. Her new novel will be published in 2017, with foreign editions forthcoming in 27 languages. She has taught in the MFA programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, St. Mary's College of Moraga, Bowling Green State University, and Notre Dame de Namur University, where she held the Catherine Julie Cunningham Chair. She has also taught novel writing online for Stanford Continuing Studies. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami, where she was a James Michener Fellow. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.
Her articles on narrative craft have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Writer's Digest, and Glimmer Train's newsletter for writers, and her essays about literature have appeared in The Believer and Oxford American. Her stories and essays have also appeared in Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, and many other magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.
A NOTE FROM MICHELLE
How much time have you spent wanting to write a novel? How much time have you spent wishing your manuscript would come together? How often have you felt that you've written yourself into a corner, or that you have a great idea but you just can't quite figure out the best way to tell it?
When I completed my MFA program in the late nineties, I had a few published stories but no idea how to write a novel. I had learned craft at the micro level, as so many MFA students do, analyzing short stories line by line. What I hadn't learned was how to construct a novel, how to tell a long story that would draw readers in and keep them turning pages.
I designed this course based on my experiences writing and publishing five novels,as well as teaching for many years in Masters of Fine Arts programs in Creative Writing. I've written a novel that quietly fizzled, selling fewer than 10,000 copies, and I've written a novel that sold more than half a million copies. The ups and downs of my publishing career, combined with my years of teaching, have allowed me to see writing from many angles, and have given me the opportunity to think about what makes for a successful novel--both critically and in terms of readership. Over the years, through thousands of hours of trial and error, I have learned how to craft a plot that attracts publishers and engages readers. In this course, I share those techniques with you.
Join us, and make 2017 the year you commit to writing your novel.