Novel: Introduction

The first steps of writing a novel are the first steps in a challenging and exciting journey. Learn to navigate those vital early stages, build story and structure, deepen characters, and develop themes, as well as handle those tricky technical choices that novelists have to make as they begin. Lectures, exercises and discussions expand your understanding of character development, narrative voice, plots and subplots, back-story, research, beginnings, point of view and chapter organization. You also have opportunities to address issues particular to your project. The course concludes with a discussion of publishing.

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Note: This course is no longer being offered. If you are interested in this topic, the UBC Creative Writing department offers six week non-credit online courses designed to take your novel from concept to completion. Please visit their website for details. If you are in the Award of Achievement in Creative Writing, these edX courses can be applied towards the completion requirements of the program.


Course Format

This course is offered 100% online.

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