IMF 57400 Literary Novel Workshop
Instructor: Wm Anthony Connolly
Class Type: Workshop
This online workshop helps you develop your in-progress literary novel from exploring structure in all its potential: examining the novel’s voice, viewpoint, and characterization, and the novel’s language. A literary novel is a work of long prose that concerns itself less with plot, but more with character, the character’s inner world, and the uses of language to bring character and world alive. A literary novel is a type of long fiction, much like fantasy, horror, supernatural, science fiction, etc., are examples of another exclusive long form prose type—the genre novel. As such, fantasy, horror, supernatural, and science fiction are not literary because they work on developing plot and conventions of its genre. Literary novels tend to move at a slower pace than genre novels and are marked by elevated language. This is not a genre novel class. (If you’re uncertain what kind of novel you’re working on—literary or genre —it’s best to email the instructor and ask. The instructor has had both literary and genre novels published.) The course assignments include writing scenes using characters and situations from the in-progress novel, polishing existing sections or chapters, and discussion of your in-progress work. Every week your work will be submitted to a workshop for feedback from both your peers and your instructor. The workshop environment can be a demanding one, but it’s meant to improve submitted work. You will be asked to comment and critique the work of others; others will critique and comment on your work, all with the goal of improving your in-progress literary novel. Your goal is to complete 50 well-crafted pages of a novel.
No Textbook is required for this class.
First Assignment Info is available HERE.
Class Preview Date: March 27 (do not post in class until start date of 4/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 4/3)
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NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.