Fiction Writing: the Novel

UW Professional & Continuing Education

How long?

  • 9 weeks
  • blended

UW Professional & Continuing Education

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Who should attend

Intermediate and advanced writers of fiction who have a novel or collection of connected stories underway.

About the course

The author W. Somerset Maugham supposedly once said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Even if you can’t know the exact rules, you can at least begin to unlock the mysteries of this enduringly popular form of fiction.

This course is divided into two parts. In the first, we’ll examine how to smooth out your prose, using seamless transitions and managing the pace of unfolding events. In part two, we’ll cover how to structure a novel in five focuses. You’ll look at how to use strong scenes to manage the progress of your hero’s quest through increasing levels of risk, past a point of no return and on to reversals that seem both surprising and inevitable.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How to recognize and control narrative and psychic distance
  • Ways to create smooth transitions between scene and sequel
  • Techniques for managing fictional time and controlling narrative pace

Experts

Scott Driscoll

An award-winning instructor (the University of Washington, Educational Outreach award for Excellence in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities 2006), Scott Driscoll holds an MFA from the University of Washington and has been teaching creative writing for the University of Washington Extension for se...

Fiction Writing: the Novel at UW Professional & Continuing Education

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