How To Read a Novel

I just signed up for my first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). It’s called “How To Read a Novel,” hosted by the University of Edinburgh. The eight-hour, four-week class begins July 24th.

How To Read a Novel will explore plot, characterization, dialogue, and setting. I’m looking forward to interacting with a community of readers, potentially from all over the world.

The course is free. For $64 you can upgrade, which means you get a certificate and have unlimited access to course materials for as long as they exist online. With the free version, access extends just 14 days after the course ends.

I’ll keep you posted.


Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.

–Ray Bradbury

2 thoughts on “How To Read a Novel

  1. That’s so awesome and actually quite the coincidence. My online Master’s in Creative Writing program is through the University of Edinburgh. I can’t wait to read your updates on how the course goes!

    1. Congrats on getting a Master’s. I wouldn’t have thought to look at the U. of Edinburgh. It just came up in a list of MOOCs.

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