ENGL 070N. Fiction: Episodic Novel/la Writing Workshop

Sometimes a short story can be drafted in a great surge of inspiration, but a novel is a different kind of literary beast. How do we prepare ourselves to keep a story going over a hundred pages? What forms can a novel's outlining take? What organizational tools can we use when planning a novel? What models can we draw inspiration from? This generative workshop will provide students with two organizational options of approaching their novels or novellas. Published models of each option will be read, discussed, and explored at the onset of the semester, followed by the generative in-class portion of the class, followed by the student workshop section of the semester. Reading and commenting on each other's work will form the core of our work during the workshop section of the semester. By the end of the semester, you should have some polished excerpts from the beginning, middle, and ending of your novel or novella, if not the whole. Attendance at readings is required. Limited to 12 students.
Graded CR/NC.
1 credit.
Fall 2024. Okparanta.
Catalog chapter: English Literature  
Department website: https://www.swarthmore.edu/english-literature

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