Designed specifically for those with little to no fiction writing experience, find your pathway towards your fiction writing goals. Learn the basic building blocks of story: character, plot and setting. Then find out the different forms of fiction writing and some of the genres you might like to explore. 

Whether you’ve never written a word of fiction, or haven’t written since high school or college, you will complete the course with the skills you need to get started. Create a new work of fiction, or  revive an old one that’s been sitting in your bottom drawer.

CEUs/ILUs: 1.6
Length (in hours): 16

One Month Course

Agenda

Unit 1

The building blocks of story

  • Character
  • Conflict
  • Setting
  • Plot and story structure
  • Short story versus novel
  • Who are we writing for?

Unit 2

Character and Conflict

  • Protagonists and antagonists 
  • Secondary characters 
  • Character archetypes
  • Character desires, conflicts and stakes 
  • Dialogue

Unit 3

Setting and Plot

  • Contemporary versus fantastical and historical settings
  • Setting as character
  • Three act plot structure and the hero’s journey
  • Time jumps and flashbacks
  • Prologues and epilogues

Unit 4

Putting it all together

  • Strategies for outlining 
  • Character-driven versus plot-driven outlines
  • Overcoming writer’s block
  • Researching markets
  • Creating a marketing plan

Next start date

Sep 8 – Oct 2