Winter 2020 UW Continuum Fiction Writing Craft: Novel

WRI FIC 102A; Reg # 182310

 

Instructor: Scott Driscoll          Phone: 206-782-8587               Email: sdriscol@uw.edu

Wednesday 6:00-9:00   1/8 to 3/11, 2020         Class Location: Gould Hall #435 (GLD)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This ten-week course will be divided between part one, learning how to smooth out the prose in fiction, and part two, learning how to develop the structure of a novel or a collection of connected stories. In part one, we will explore how to manage narrative and psychic distance, make smooth transitions, and manage the use of fictional time. We will also review basic world building and situation establishment techniques, such as how to recognize and use an inciting incident to launch a story quest and how to present the world that has been thrown out of balance by this disturbance. In part two, we will learn how to structure a novel in five focuses and compare that to the circular structure of a myth-based hero’s journey. We will also learn how to develop scenes around iconic moments that manage the progress of your hero’s quest through increasing levels of risk, past a point of no return, to reversals that seem both surprising and inevitable. Working on a novel is not required, but, those students who do have a novel in progress should finish with a five-focus working plan for the structure of their novel.

 

 

REQUIRED TEXTS

Points of View

Points of View: the revised 1995 edition by James Moffett and Kenneth R. McElheny, ISBN: 0-451-62872-1; Story by Robert McKee, 1997, ISBN: 0-06-039168-5; Thrill Me by Benjamin Percy, 2016, ISBN: 9781555977597; A Handmaid’s Tale, a novel by Margaret Atwood, 1998, ISBN: 978038549818; and The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler, 3rd edition, 2007, ISBN: 9781932907360.

EVALUATION AND GRADING:

Students earn 3 continuing education units for this course if they complete the course assignments and attend a minimum of 8 out of 10 class sessions.  Attendance at all 10 sessions is recommended.

EVALUATION AND GRADING:

Students earn 3 continuing education units for this course if they complete the course assignments and attend a minimum of 8 out of 10 class sessions.  Attendance at all 10 sessions is recommended.

 

Texts are available for purchase at the University Bookstore.

 

HOW TO REGISTER:

To register, go to the UW Continuum web page for writing classes, https://www.pce.uw.edu/courses/fiction-writing-craft, and scroll to the bottom.