For those of you who may not have seen my last post, or don’t remember, I’m doing an independent study this semester! I’m excited for it–the title is a bit long-winded, but academia, you know. It’s pretty much writing a novel for college credit.
And, of course, I had to prepare my own syllabus for this “class,” because to my knowledge no one’s ever done this before at my college. (Funny thing, I had to run around campus to find out where the form I needed had gone, and made it to the Academic Success office, where it turned out that the lady I needed to talk to was unconvinced of my ability to write a novel in one month. Long story short, I convinced her, found the paper I needed, and almost died trying to get to class on time. Heh.) So, here’s the syllabus! (And, coincidentally, my writing schedule for this semester.)
“Writing and Preparing a Manuscript for Publication”
- Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market
- Go Teen Writers by Jill Williamson and Stephanie Morrill
- Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
- How to Write a Proposal (have yet to choose)
Objective: To write a complete manuscript, revise, and submit for publication.
- To write a complete, original novel.
- To revise said novel to publication standards.
- To write a proposal for the novel.
- To send the proposal to a minimum of ten agents within my genre.
- Reflection of each week’s progress.
- Conference to check-in with Dr. Angle
Week 1: Planning the novel, reading Characters and Viewpoint
Week 2: Planning the novel; schedule writing for the next four weeks.
Week 3: Writing
Week 4: Writing
Week 5: Writing
Week 6: Writing–finish the novel and send out for critiques (Nick, Ashlynne, OYAN, figment, Mom)
Week 7: -Break from writing- Read Go Teen Writers and form a plan of revision.
Week 8: -Break from writing- Read How to Write a Proposal and identify the elements I will need to write it.
Week 9: Revision, fix large-scale plot problems.
Week 10: Revision cont’d.
Week 11: Turn in to Dr. Angle and discuss potential revisions and changes; start implementing changes.
Week 12: Continue to discuss revisions with Dr. Angle; more small-scale revisions.
Week 13: Small-scale revisions and proofreading (Mom) combined with writing the proposal.
Week 14: Present proposal to Dr. Angle, revise, and identify potential agents and publishers.
Week 15: Send out proposal to as many agents as possible–at least 10.
Week 16: Write a 5-10 page reflection of the entire semester.
I foresee a few changes here and there–the writing weeks may flow over one way or another, and revising may take less time. But that’s approximately how long it’s taken me to plan/write/revise past novels, so I’m fairly confident in my ability to get this thing done.