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How to Write a Novel

The Novel Itinerary is a teaching program designed specifically for the training of novelists. Throughout this program students will learn the method proposed by School of Writers to conceive, structure and write a novel from the initial idea until its last correction.

This program was born from the collaboration and the teaching exchange with our sister school, Escola d'Escriptura de l'Ateneu Barcelonès, and was developed by the faculty of Writers' School, bringing together the knowledge of teachers specializing in narrative techniques such as Javier Sagarna, Magdalena Tirado, Alfonso Fernández Burgos or Magdalena Shot with the experience of novelists like Rubén Abella, José Ovejero, Lara Moreno, Ignacio Ferrando or María José Codes.

Objectives of the Itinerary

The objective of the Novel Itinerary is for the student to acquire, perfect and practice the theoretical knowledge and writing techniques in a progressive way and apply them at each stage needs the process of creating his novel.

Thus, after learning the basic technical and expressive tools during the first year, the student will begin the creation process starting from a planning that avoids the gaps and gaps in the plot that frequently lead to frustration and abandonment; on these solid foundations, it will be time to start writing.

After passing through the Itinerary the student will not only have written a novel, but also learned a structured method to write novels that will allow him to venture safely in the writing of new projects from the deep knowledge of the internal keys of the genre.

To achieve these objectives, Writers' School has designed a Three-course itinerary.

The three courses of the itinerary

Each of the novel courses have a duration of academic course (more than eight months each course). This table lists the characteristics for each of the modalities we offer (the face-to-face mode is taught in Madrid and Zaragoza).

Virtual mode

  • Duration: 8 months (approximate dedication: 150 hours)
  • Price: 1,200 euros
  • Students per group: 12 in 1st and 2nd, 10 in 3rd

Face-to-face mode

  • Duration: 90 hours (divided into 30 classes of 3 hours)
  • Price: 1,200 euros
  • Students per group: 12 in 1st and 2nd, 10 in 3rd

First year: Narrative techniques of the novel

In the Internet / in Madrid /

In this course the student will know and practice to master each of the narrative techniques involved in the process of writing a novel.

The fifteen themes of this course consist of theoretical materials dedicated to different resources and narrative techniques, a recommended bibliography, obligatory readings, the analysis of the use of these techniques by different writers throughout history and writing proposals for put them into practice. During the last part of this first year the student will begin to outline the novel he will write in the second year, to build the beginning of the plot and to define his characters.

Second year: Novel I

In Internet / in Madrid

Throughout this second year the student will undertake one of the key moments of his learning. During the first few months, he will concentrate on planning, on building that secret framework that holds every good novel: the main and secondary plots, the psychological depth of the characters, the conflicts that move them, the events that trigger the action and the engines that keep it alive and lead it towards its end, the tone, etc.

In the last months of the course, when the novel has a solid structure, we will begin to write the first chapters. Each of the fifteen themes of the course Novel I includes theoretical materials, bibliography, reading, analysis of texts and practical proposals.

Third year: Novel II

In Internet / in Madrid

During the last year the student will write the complete text of his novel with the security that will provide him with the mastery of the technique and the work in the structure and the characters that he has developed during the previous courses. It will be time to explore in search of one's own style, to refine the acquired resources and to count, more than ever, with the support of the classmates and with the guidance of the teachers who will guard the writing process of each novel.

More information and registration

The next promotion of the Novel Itinerary (Narrative Techniques of the novel) will begin in October 2017. The places are awarded by order of reservation and payment.

Modality: On the Internet

  • Start day: October 26, 2017

Modality: In Madrid

  • Start day:
    • Group 1: October 10, 2017; On Tuesdays, from 6pm to 6pm
    • Group 2: October 11, 2017; On Wednesdays, from 19 to 22
    • Group 3: October 20, 2017; On Fridays, from 11 to 14

The agenda

First year: Narrative techniques of the novel

First trimester

  • 1 - Visibility. The concrete, the importance of the details.
  • 2 - The voice of the narrator. Focus, degrees of knowledge.
  • 3 - The time and rhythm of the narration.
  • 4 - Space and atmosphere. The creation of atmospheres.
  • 5 - Characterization of the characters. Types, functions.

Second quarter

  • 6 - From the narrator to the character. The voices. Distance.
  • 7 - The construction of the scene. Unit. Plots of history.
  • 8 - The dialogues and the silences of the characters.
  • 9 - The verisimilitude. The role of the reader.
  • 10 - Conflict and change. Expectations and dramatic tension.

Third trimester

  • 11 - Structure and plot of the novel.
  • 12 - The role of emotions. The rational mind, the body and the heart.
  • 13 - The literary use of language.
  • 14 - Brief history of the novel.
  • 15 - Types of novel. The choice of gender.

Second year: Novel I

First trimester

  • 1 - Planning and method.
  • 2 - The story and the plot. How to delve into conflicts. The intrigue.
  • 3 - Frames and subframes. Structuralist analysis.
  • 4 - The character, motor of the novel. Tactics to delve into the characters.
  • 5 - Arguments, typology of situations.

Second quarter

  • 6 - The beginning and the approach of the novel. The trigger.
  • 7 - The development of history. How to encourage the plot.
  • 8 - The climax and the outcome.
  • 9 - From the author to the narrator. Style and tone.
  • 10 - The setting of the story: the escaleta.

Third trimester

  • 11 - Literary Images. Move to live there.
  • 12 - Denotation and connotation. The art of suggesting.
  • 13 - Something to tell: reflection, digression, analysis.
  • 14 - The estrangement.
  • 15 - The artist's gaze: a personal vision of the world.

Third year: Novel II

During the last year the student will write the complete text of his novel with the security that will provide him with the mastery of technique and work in the structure and characters he has learned.

Program taught in:
  • Spanish

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