Whether you’re beginning your novel draft or nearing the end, this course is a unique opportunity to learn the essentials of strong fiction writing from award-winning authors sharing their proven methods and approaches.
The course is recommended for professional and aspiring writers, writing groups, those participating in Na No Wri Mo, teachers and anyone who has a novel in progress.
This week we’ll look at several approaches that help writers reach these goals, including the aspects of an active character and how to troubleshoot an overly passive character, building dimensional characters who continue to surprise as the novel progresses, and crafting scenes that continually raise the emotional stakes of your story.
This week’s topics include: Assignment: you will be challenged to assess the dimensionality of your protagonist and tackle a scene that illustrates a key “turning point” that offers crucial insight into your main character.
This week’s topics include: Assignment: This week's assignment will bookend the first week’s assignment.
You’ll write the end of your novel: the last chapter, last scene, last moments.
Sample Course Material What will it be like to take the course?
Each week, we'll present video lessons created by UBC Creative Writing Professors Annabel Lyon & Nancy Lee, along with readings, video interviews with other authors, assignments and the opportunity to discuss your work with the other learners in the class.
Of course, we strongly recommend starting with an outline, as your novel writing process will be much more efficient, but it’s not required.
Is this course related to an existing UBC writing class?