I like the questions you ask. As a teacher, I know the value of constructivism, allowing students to kind of figure it out on their own to create more effective meaning and learning. The questions you ask in the lessons and discussions are good for guided constructivism. Just by thinking about them and answering, I find myself being pointed in the right direction and discovering new terrain for my novel."
Excellent information about the content and structure of fantasy writing, the writing process, revising/editing and publishing. The assignments truly helped apply the content of the lessons. The supplemental material and the FAQs were really well thought out. The instructor comments in discussion were very supportive and informative. A safe and productive learning environment."
Writing the Fantasy Novel was just the right class I needed in order to brush up both my writing and marketing skills while finding the perfect source to jumpstart my creativity. It was both fun and inspiring, something appreciable to any author!"
Course Code: wfn
Learn why this is such a great time in the market to be writing your fantasy novel. You will discover how fantasy differs from other types of fiction and the genres and subgenres that make up fantasy fiction. Then, learn the first of three lessons on world-building. You will examine the different types of fantasy worlds and what sets one type of world apart from the next.
Learn the different ways characters can gain the abilities or magic. You will compare and contrast three systems of magic, and explore how to create consequences for the system you choose. Then, learn how to create the beings and governmental systems that make up the societies in your novel. You will consider what the common people might do in your novel and how they interact with other creatures.
Learn how to create main and supporting characters, define their roles, and develop them in such a way that they jump off the page. You will discover how to create an antagonist that isn't evil just for the sake of being evil - but is a real character with wants, needs, and obstacles! Then, examine the pros and cons of outlining.
Discuss the most common themes in fantasy fiction, and examine novels that use these themes. You will learn techniques for incorporating a theme throughout your book in a seamless way. Then, face some decisions you'll make about crafting your story, which point of view you'll use, and the grammatical tense you'll work with.
Explore the writing process and discover what is reasonable for you to accomplish. You will learn about setting goals and creating personal rewards to encourage you. Then, examine the difference between revising and editing, and learn how to do both effectively.
Identify and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to publishing. You will examine the process of finding an agent and traditional publisher for your novel. Finally, learn the importance of marketing and motivation. You will examine ways to use social media to market yourself and your novel.
Laura K. Anderson picked up her first science fiction book when she was in first grade and she's been in love with speculative fiction ever since. She particularly enjoys writing fantasy fiction and is the editorial director for Sojourn: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction. Laura has a Master of Arts degree in literature and creative writing and is currently working on a Master of Arts in special education.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.