Novel and Novella Writing
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Produce the opening of a long-form narrative, either a novel or novella, and a book proposal.
- Practice a range of methods of improvisation and drafting that support the creative development of the novel or novella.
- Employ close reading skills and technical creative writing terms, vocabulary and narrative studies concepts to discuss and analyse craft and technique.
- Collaborate in the analysis and discussion of the work of others in writing workshops.
- Research and select potential publication or funding opportunities.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Pre-requisite: 20 cp at 2000 level including ENGX2033 or ENGX233
No special requirements
This unit introduces students to long-form narrative writing in the genre of the novel and novella. Students apply their previous learning of narrative writing technique and craft to the creation and planning of a new work, focusing on creativity and inspiration, research and planning, drafting the plot outline, developing characters, and building the story-world. Students read and discuss novels and novellas from different genres, and are introduced to current industry practices and conditions. At the conclusion of this unit students will have produced the opening to a novel or novella, and a book proposal including a synopsis.
- Creative Work (40%)
- Preparation and participation (30%)
- Book Proposal (30%)
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