The greatest challenge to writing a first novel may be deciding where to start. This course will help you write an engaging first paragraph and a draft of the first chapter. You will also work on an outline and learn how to use the elements of fiction--characterization, setting, dialogue, perspective, and plot--to set up your story. Beside lectures, there will be discussions, reading and writing assignments, and read-and-critique sessions. Other topics to be discussed include the joys and challenges of the writing life and the business side of publishing.
Note: No prerequisite. Open to writers of all levels.
Course Number: WCWP-40187 Credit: 3 units