Course Description

Writing a novel is a challenging and exciting journey. Through practical experience, learn to write fiction uncritically for quantity, write to a deadline, meet daily word-count goals and sketch an entire story arc. Topics covered include character and scene development, dialogue, narration, and plot creation. Your goal is to have a 50,000-word first draft of a novel by the end of the course. This course is suitable for all genres.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcome:

Upon successful completion of Writing a Novel: First Draft, you will be able to write scenes, create compelling characters and develop storylines that span the length of a novel.

Supporting Learning Outcome Statements

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • write on deadline
  • meet daily word-count goals
  • write uncritically for quantity
  • create dialogue, complex characters and plots
  • break down each chapter into its component scenes; cut filler scenes
  • transform passages of summary into scene
  • change the order of scenes if necessary
  • take inventory of the characters and their actions; cut extraneous characters
  • work with existing characters to bind them more tightly to the core of the story
  • improve character storylines
  • develop a consistent point of view in terms of narration
  • if working with multiple points of view, successfully move the reader between narrators
  • determine a verb tense that works best for the novel


Prerequisites: Learning Online (BMC 152 or BMC 352) and Creative Writing Exploration (WRI 140)


Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


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Feb 04, 2020 to Mar 30, 2020
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $595.00
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Reading List / Textbook

Title: How to Grow a Novel
Author: Sol Stein
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Edition: 1999
ISBN: 0-312-26749-5

Title: No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
Author: Chris Baty
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Edition: 2004
ISBN-10: 0811845052
ISBN-13: 978-0811845052

Section Notes

Prerequisites: BMC 352 Learning Online and Creative Writing Exploration (WRI 140).

It is not possible to register online for this course until you have successfully completed BMC 352 Learning Online or have completed the Learning Online Waiver.

If you are enrolled in a section of BMC 352 that will be completed before this course begins, you may enrol for this course by calling 403.220.2866.

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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