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Advanced Fiction Writing: The Novel

ENGL 115.301
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W 2-5:00

In this course, students will make progress on a novel project. The course is ideal for those who have already thought about and have likely started their projects. Each week there will be 30-50 pages of reading from contemporary novels in addition to the works of your peers. The readings are meant to cover different kinds of novels both structurally and stylistically. Students will read Nunez, Franzen, Kaysen, Kundera, Barnes, and L’Engle, among others. Each student will be expected to turn in a novel outline and two novel excerpt submissions. By the end of course, students should expect to have a polished outline as well as 50 pages of workshopped novel material. Permit from the instructor is required. Submit a 5-page writing sample and brief description of your interest in the class to blochj@writing.upenn.edu.