Why Novels Now?


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This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Live meetings

Why Novels Now? Create Your Own Long-Form Fiction, an LALW Summative Elective, is designed for upper-level students with an active interest in the longer forms of fiction, especially those who are completing the Creative Writing Minor. Why Novels Now? is a defense of the need for leisurely literature in our electronically-rushed world; it is both an inspection of the history and future of novels and a craft class in which each student plans and writes their own novel or graphic novel. To unlock valuable storytelling secrets, we’ll read Charlotte Brontë’s classic Jane Eyre and Alison Bechdel’s graphic masterpiece Fun Home. Other course texts: selections from Jane Smiley’s 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel and Scott McCloud’s Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels. Each class session will include an in-class writing workshop aimed at practicing a different technique of the writing craft.

This online course uses the zoom platform.


Tuesday June 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday June 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday June 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday June 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday July 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday July 18, individual conferences scheduled throughout the day
Tuesday August 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday August 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This class has already begun.

Lin Haire-Sargeant

Lin Haire-Sargeant is Assistant Professor of Writing at MassArt and is also a playwright and involved with theater. Plays produced include: Silence, Into the House, Dead, Swallowing the Spider, Green Pastures, and the Doppelganger Effect. She was co-founder and artistic director of the Outloud Theater (1992-1997); co-curator: Blue Moon Poets and Playwrights (1993-1997); co-founder, revolving … Read more