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Start Your Novel

Instructor: Stacia Ann (Stacia Ann)

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Start Date: Monday, January 4th, 2016
Duration: Four Weeks
Class Size: 7 Students
Seats Left: 3

In this class you will have the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to take your novel idea and turn it into an outline and the first chapters of the novel. You will have the opportunity to learn to introduce your main characters and conflict without getting bogged down in detail. Finally, instruction will be given on creating the necessary hooks to keep readers interested and foreshadowing the ending from the beginning.
You will learn the techniques for beginning a novel through reading sample chapters from a classic novel "The Great Gatsby," recognized as a great 20th century novel, and available online. This novel will be used as a model in all of the novel writing courses.
In addition, students will participate in weekly writing exercises toward the completion of their novel chapters.

Week 1: Getting ideas, difference between "short story scope" ideas and "novel scope ideas," deciding protagonist and main conflict, the genre of novel, and developing your idea into an outline
Read: outline of "Great Gatsby"
Write: Your novel idea and novel outline

Week 2: Where to begin? Deciding the correct place in the story events to open your novel, introducing the main characters, the narrator, the major conflict, the "usual universe."
Read: The first chapter of "The Great Gatsby"
Write: Your first pages/chapter 1 of your novel

Week 3: How do I keep readers interested? Introducing the main "story question" and the "inciting event" that "kick starts" the story.
Read chapter 2 of "The Great Gatsby"
Write: next pages/chapter 2 of your novel

Week 4: Where do I go now? Starting the protagonist on his or her journey: the "call to action" and moving from the "usual universe" onto the journey
Read: chapter 3 of "The Great Gatsby"
Write: next pages/chapter 3 of your novel



Instructor: Stacia Ann

About The Instructor: Stacia Ann is an Linguistics Lecturer and Writing Instructor at the University of California. She has a doctorate of Education, Master's of Art in English/TESOL. This instructor has taught writing classes for over ten years. She also teaches academic writing and English as a Second Language at the University of the Pacific. A published author including works of short fiction and academic nonfiction including contest winning stories.

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