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364693: Novel III WRITING-X 411.3

  • Winter 2019
  • Section 1
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
  • Modified 11/15/2018

Description


For those with at least 50 pages of a novel-in-progress, this workshop guides you to generate at least 50 new pages as well as learn essential self-editing techniques, with the instructor and peers reviewing each participant's project in detail. Refinements of character, structure, emotional content, and the development of the writer's voice also are explored. The goal is to produce a substantial portion of your novel. This class will be workshop focused.

Requisites

Prerequisite: Novel I and Novel II, or equivalent, or departmental approval. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

Materials


Recommended Reading

  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

Evaluation


If you are taking this class for a grade, the grade will be based on the following:

Criteria

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Attendance, participation and effort, in-class exercises 50%
Workshop participation as an author and feedback 50%

Breakdown

90%-100% = A

80%-89% = B

70%-79% = C

60%-69% = F

Institutional Policies


Student Conduct

Students are subject to disciplinary action for several types of misconduct or attempted misconduct, including but not limited to dishonesty, such as cheating, multiple submission, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University; or theft or misuse of the intellectual property of others or violation of others' copyrights. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with policy provisions which proscribe these and other forms of misconduct at: https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/str/studentConduct.jsp

Services for Students with Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, UCLA Extension provides appropriate accommodations and support services to qualified applicants and students with disabilities. These include, but are not limited to, auxiliary aids/services such as sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices for hearing-impaired individuals, extended time for and proctoring of exams, and registration assistance. Accommodations and types of support services vary and are specifically designed to meet the disability-related needs of each student based on current, verifiable medical documentation. Arrangements for auxiliary aids/services are available only through UCLA Extension’s Office for Students with Disabilities at (310) 825-0183 or by email at [email protected]. For complete information see: https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/str/studentswithDisabilities.jsp

Incompletes

Your instructor may post the interim grade Incomplete/I if at the end of the class your overall work is of passing quality but a portion could not be submitted for understandable reasons (e.g. illness). It is your responsibility to petition your instructor for permission to submit work late and to provide an explanation, and it is his or her sole decision whether to accept the explanation. If permitted, the Incomplete/I grade will be posted and a time frame defined for you to submit the missing work, ranging from one to twelve weeks. Incomplete/I grades that remain unchanged after twelve weeks will lapse to F, NP or U. Receiving an I grade entitles you to submit only the missing work your instructor has agreed to accept late, and does not allow other work to be retaken or oblige UCLA Extension to provide continuing access to course materials via Canvas. The Incomplete/I grade is not an option for courses that do not bear credit, such as 700, 800, or 900-level courses. For complete information, see: https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/str/grading.jsp

All Grades are Final

No change of grade may be made by anyone other than the instructor, and then, only to correct clerical errors. No term grade except Incomplete may be revised by re-examination. The correction of a clerical error may be authorized only by the instructor of record communicating directly with personnel of Student and Alumni Services.

Sexual Harassment

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All Extension students and instructors who believe they have been sexually harassed are encouraged to contact the Department of Student and Alumni Services for complaint resolution: UCLA Extension, Suite 113, 10995 Le Conte Ave., Westwood; Voice/TTY: (310) 825-7031. View the University’s full Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000385/SHSV.

Additional Items


About Your Online Course Materials

Please note the following about online course components at UCLA Extension:

  • Students must have basic computer skills, including the use of word processing software, email, and the ability to use internet browsers, such as Safari, Firefox, or Chrome.
  • Students are responsible for meeting the technical requirements of Canvas and familiarizing themselves with the Canvas Learning Management System.
  • Students are responsible for keeping a copy of all assignments and work submitted, and to be aware of all assignments, due dates, and course guidelines.
  • Students are encouraged to keep and/or download a local copy of their assignment files, as access to the online environment of a specific course is limited to 30 days after the final course date, as listed in the course catalog.

    If you need assistance downloading student materials from your course, please contact Canvas Support or the UCLA Extension Learning Support Team.

UCLA Extension Learning Support

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Campus Safety Escorts

For students taking classes held on the UCLA campus and in and around Westwood Village, the UCLA Police Department provides a free walking escort service every day of the year from dusk until 1 a.m. Community Service Officers (CSOs) are available to walk students, faculty, staff members and visitors to and from anywhere on campus, in Westwood Village, and in the village apartments. CSOs are uniformed students who have received special training and are employed by the UCLA Police Department. To obtain an escort, please call (310) 794-9255 and allow 15 to 20 minutes for your escort to arrive. For complete information, see: https://www.ucpd.ucla.edu/services/community-service-officers-csos/evening-escorts

Schedule


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Week One
Class Overview

Class overview.
Student introductions and writing goals.
Critique and manuscript guidelines discussion.
How authors grab the reader from the first sentence, first paragraph, first page.
In-class writing assignment.
Workshop sign-ups, groups A, B, C. 

Homework:

Set up daily writing schedule and write or revise the first few pages of your novel and bring to class.
Group A submit 6-10 pages of your novel.
Read and critique the pages of Group A. 

Week Two
Knowing your characters

Knowing your characters.
Creating the three-dimensional character that bounces off the page.
Workshop Group A.
Check in on progress of novel, ideas, characters and plot.
In-class writing exercise if time permits. 

Homework:

Group B submit 6-10 pages of your novel.
Read and critique the pages of Group B. 

Week Three
Propel the plot forward by creating conflict

Propel the plot forward by creating conflict.
Dialogue, voice and POV.
Workshop Group B.
In-class writing exercise if time permits. 

Homework:

Group C submit 6-10 pages of your novel.
Read and critique the pages of Group C.

Week Four
Workshop

Workshop Group C.
Outlines of scenes, characters and novel.
In-class writing exercise if time permits. 

Homework:

Group A submit 6-10 pages of your novel.
Read and critique the pages of Group A.

Week Five
Workshop

Workshop Group A.
Pacing and character victories and losses.
In-class writing exercise if time permits. 

Homework:

Group B submit 6-10 pages of your novel.
Read and critique the pages of Group B.

Week Six
How to write what you know and what you don’t know.

How to write what you know and what you don’t know.
Workshop Group B.
In-class writing exercise if time permits. 

Homework:

Group C submit 6-10 pages of your novel.
Read and critique the pages of Group C.

Week Seven
Various methods of revisions and rewrites.

Various methods of revisions and rewrites.
Workshop Group C.
In-class writing exercise if time permits. 

Homework:

Group A submit 6-10 pages of your novel.
Read and critique the pages of Group A.

Week Eight
Advanced character and conflict.

Advanced character and conflict.
Workshop Group A.
In-class writing exercise if time permits. 

Homework:

Group B submit 6-10 pages of your novel.
Read and critique the pages of Group B.

Week Nine
Workshop

Workshop Group B.
In-class writing exercise if time permits. 

Homework:

Group C bring in 6 – 10 pages of your novel due Week Ten.
Read and critique the pages of Group C.

Week Ten
Workshop

Workshop Group C.
Q & A on publishing, agents and editors.
Potluck party.