Writing a Novella
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Course CodeCEJN 120
You might be asking yourself what the difference is between a novella and a novel. That's good. A curious mind is one of the hallmarks of a skilled writer. The answer is simple: length. The novella is generally shorter than a novel but both are considered long-form fiction, which is exactly what you'll be studying here. This course gives you ample opportunity to try your hand at various forms of fiction writing and sharing them with fellow authors during weekly workshop sessions that will help you develop your vision and hone your skills. By the end of the course, you will have completed an outline and a portion of your novel or novella. From there, you'll move on to the next chapter in your new life as an aspiring writer.
Your takeawaysThis course is a great way to help you:
• Write a compelling summary and outline for your novella or novel;
• Plot your novella or novel using narrative arc;
• Create believable characters;
• Compose convincing dialogue;
• Use descriptive language in your writing;
• Format your writing for submission to publishers, agents, and/or editors;
• Critique your own and other students’ work within the context of in-class workshops;
• Manage and adhere to deadlines.
Our approachThis is a writing class, so you'll be doing a lot of it. You'll also learn through interactive workshops, exercises, group discussions, and assignments. Enthusiastic participation, peer evaluation and effort are the keys to enjoyment and success in this course. This course is designed for the students to meet regularly during live synchronous learning in an online virtual classroom (Zoom).
Who benefits the most?• Anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.
• Anyone considering a career as a writer.
• Foreign students who want to improve their written English.
• Retirees or busy executives who want to try something new to balance out their lives.
• Anyone with a story to tell.