A novel is the ultimate literary adventure—a journey into the lives and trials of characters a reader comes to know in a deeply personal way. With a multitude of personalities and situations, a great novel offers endless fascination for the reader. For many, a favorite novel—Anna Karenina, The Great Gatsby, Beloved—stands as a peak experience in a life.
For the author, writing a novel is the ultimate challenge—a steep climb over hundreds of pages that must work as a unified and engrossing whole. In our courses, you will learn about the special demands of a novel and refine your knowledge of basic fiction craft. You will also learn how and where to market your work.
If you’re up for the challenge, we’ll show you how to write a novel that readers will not forget.
Note: Our Fiction courses focus on short stories while our Novel classes focus on novels. If you are a beginning student, you should take Fiction I and work on short stories before moving on to Novel II. You may, however, work on material that will eventually end up in a novel in a Fiction class.
Note: If you are working on genre fiction—science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery—then your work will fit more comfortably into the appropriate genre course, as opposed to a Novel course.