Fiction spans several genres and touches millions of readers. Some of the most enduring works of fiction have come from genres like fantasy, romance, and mystery. And today, many genre pieces have gone on to become multimedia franchises. If you want to become a writer, there’s no better time to learn genre fiction and screenwriting.
Explore Fiction Writing will teach you how to write works of fantasy, romance, and mystery. You will also learn screenwriting, since film as a medium can further expand your story ideas. You will learn how characterization, plotting, narrative, and other techniques of fiction translate to genre writing. And through targeted writing assignments, you will put what you learn into practice. Whether you're a new or experienced writer, this course bundle will help you broaden your skills and understand what makes readers engage with your work.
Writing the first draft is only the first step though. You will also learn how to revise and proofread like an editor. As you craft your work from first to final draft, you will also learn what happens after “The End.” Marketing your work and submitting for publication is an important part of a writer’s work, and you will learn how to navigate this process. With the tools you will gain in this course, you will be ready to write, edit, and submit your story, novel, or screenplay.
Suite bundles are not eligible for partial drops or refunds. Transfers to other open sessions of the same course are available. Please refer to your school for additional details regarding drops, transfers, and refunds on Suite bundles.
Writing the Fantasy Novel
What Is Fantasy Fiction?
World-Building, Part One: Exploring the World
World-Building, Part Two: Magic
World-Building, Part Three: Societies
Plotting Your Novel
The Narrative Voice
The Writing Process
The Post-writing Process
Publishing Your Novel
Marketing and Motivating
What Is a Romance Novel?
The Elements of Romance
Characters: The Heartbeat of Romance
Getting to Know Your Characters
Goal, Motivation, and Conflict
The Basics of Plot
Scene and Sequel
Fiction Writing Craft I
Fiction Writing Craft II
After "The End"
The Four-Story Types
Plot vs. Story
Passion, Theme, Character, and Premise
The Checkpoints of Mystery Story Structuring
Act 1: Hook, Backstory, and Trigger
Act 2: Crisis, Struggle, and Epiphany
Act 3: Plan, Climax, and Ending
The Story Outline
Introduction to Screenwriting
Why Write a Script Now?
What Is a Story?
Dialogue . . . or Not
Your Script and You
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.