It’s been said that if a short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. The novelist is in it for the long haul. This course will study the particular challenges of developing a long narrative. You will read published excerpts and create your own work. The structure of the novel will be considered; where to begin, how to sustain dramatic movement and attention, and building upon the unit of the scene. You will create an outline for your own novel and begin work on the novel. You will have an opportunity to workshop the first chapter of their novel in class.
Your Instructor: Adam Lindsay Honsinger is a writer, illustrator and educator. He completed an MFA in Creative Writing with the University of Guelph. His short fiction, which has appeared in a number of literary journals including Descant, PRISM International, and the Exile Quarterly, has twice been nominated for the Journey Prize, and his story “Silence” won Silver at the National Magazine Awards. His novel Gracelessland (Enfield & Wizenty) follows sixteen-year-old Kepler Pressler as he strives to piece together his broken memories after an attempt to free a family of chimpanzees from the zoo lands him in a mental health institute.
Writers of all levels who are interested in getting started on a novel.
- Examine and discuss creative writing elements through selected readings with an emphasis on the novel.
- Practice creative writing techniques through a series of writing exercises.
- Create an outline for a novel.
- Write a first chapter.
- Learn to structure a novel.
- Have an opportunity to workshop your writing receiving feedback from your instructor and peers.
Each class will begin by discussing the theme of the weeks lessons against the backdrop of the assigned readings. Time will be spent on writing exercises and finally an opportunity to workshop your writing with your peers.
Topics will include:
- What constitutes a novel?
- Character development
- Action and plot
- Structural elements of a novel Writing dialogue
- The sensitive topics of sex and violence in the novel
- Getting your work published
Additional RequirementsThis course is available to everyone, there are no prerequisites. It counts as an elective course in the Creative Writing Certificate.
Students will be assessed through:
- Class participation in the group discussions and workshop sessions - 30%
- First Chapter Draft (or most current) - 30%
- Novel Outline - 10%
- First Chapter Updated Draft - 30%
College: College of Arts
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies; MFA; Creative Writing at Guelph-Humber
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Creative Writing Certificate : Electives