Michigan State University

Write Your First Novel

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David Wheeler

Instructor: David Wheeler

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Beginner level

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127 hours to complete
3 weeks at 42 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • You will learn how to write and complete a full-length novel of 50,000 words. You will have a finished manuscript in hand at the end of the course.

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There are 26 modules in this course

In Week One you will create a concept for your original novel, your own Intellectual Property (IP). You will write up a pitch document, post it and review the pitches of five of your peers. You will also create a Logline and a Dramatic Question for your novel, post those documents, review the work of five of your peers and revise your own work with the feedback you get from your peers

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3 videos3 peer reviews1 discussion prompt

In Week Two you will create profiles for your major characters and write up an outline for the first chapter of your novel.

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2 videos2 peer reviews1 discussion prompt

In Week Three you will begin writing your novel.

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2 videos1 peer review

In Week Four you will write the second chapter of your novel.

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2 videos2 peer reviews

In Week Five you will write the third chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week six you will write the fourth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Seven you will write the fifth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Eight you will write the sixth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Nine you will write the seventh chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Ten, you have the week off from writing. This week, you will get together with a few friends and read Act One, the first seven chapters of your novel,

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1 video1 reading

In Week Eleven you will write the eighth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Twelve you will write the ninth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Thirteen you will write the tenth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Fourteen you will write the eleventh chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Fifteen you will write the twelfth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Sixteen you will write the thirteenth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Seventeen you will write the fourteenth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Eighteen, you have another week off from writing. This week, you will again get together with a few friends and read chapters Eight through Fourteen, Act Two of your novel.

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1 video1 reading

In Week Nineteen you will begin the final Act of Your Novel

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Twenty you will write the sixteenth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Twenty-One you will write the seventeenth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Twenty-Two you will write the eighteenth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Twenty-Three you will write the nineteenth chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Twenty-Four you will write the final chapter of your novel.

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1 video1 peer review

In Week Twenty-Five you will take another week off from writing and table read the final act of your novel.

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1 video1 reading

In Week-Twenty Six you will submit your completed, polished novel. You will also write a prologue for your novel and a synopsis to submit to agents.

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4 videos1 quiz1 peer review

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4.6 (130 ratings)
David Wheeler
Michigan State University
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