Your first novelprintversie

Everyone has had an idea for a novel and many have a novel sitting on a hard-drive or in a desk drawer. Getting started on a novel is easy, but finishing is the hard part. Starting from your idea (and please come with an idea whether it be autobiographical or fictional), we'll map out the blueprint for your masterpiece.

The course
Writing a novel means making a series of decisions about things like structure, point of view, genre, setting, time and place. We'll look at what the implications of these choices might be for your first novel. What makes a page-turner rather than a series of events, introduce you to the idea of archetypal plots, and look at the roles of pacing, hooks and conflict.

In Your First Novel, you’ll be drafting and developing ideas; learning to read as a writer and fleshing out concepts through titles and outlines. You’ll also be creating convincing characters that will excite readers. You'll build a character, discuss successful characters, brainstorm how to develop your characters, and think about how character and plot interact - an issue that lies at the very heart of a strong narrative.

Admission level
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Fall 2017

sorry, this course is now full
start date duration time
26-09-2017 8 weeks Tue 20:00-22:00
teacher cost* course no.
Erik Raschke 98/147/196 817007

Spring 2018

start date duration time
13-02-2018 8 weeks Tue 20:00-22:00
teacher cost* course no.
Erik Raschke 98/147/196 817107
* First amount applies to full-time students only. Second amount to employees and graduates of UvA or HvA. Third amount to all others.
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