Explore Fiction Writing Genres Suite

Explore Fiction Writing Genres Suite

Learn how to write different fiction genres in this comprehensive course bundle. Explore Fiction Writing covers fantasy, romance, mystery, and screenwriting to teach you the craft and technique used by success writers. By the time you finish, you will be ready to write, edit, and submit your work for publication.

96 Course Hrs
  • Details
  • Syllabus
  • Requirements
  • Instructor

Details

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.

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
Course Code: B9569
Start Dates*Aug 18 | Sep 15 | Oct 13 | Nov 17
*Choose start date in cart
$375.00 USD

Syllabus

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

Creating Characters

Plotting Your Novel

Theme

The Narrative Voice

The Writing Process

The Post-writing Process

Publishing Your Novel

Marketing and Motivating

Romance Writing

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

Plotting 2.0

Scene and Sequel

Emotional Appeal

Fiction Writing Craft I

Fiction Writing Craft II

After "The End"

Mystery Writing

The Four-Story Types

Plot vs. Story

Passion, Theme, Character, and Premise

Character

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

Scene and Sequel

Viewpoint

The Mystery

Introduction to Screenwriting

Why Write a Script Now?

What Is a Story?

Conflict

Creating Characters

Screenplay Structure

Beginnings

Middles

The End

The Scene

Dialogue . . . or Not

The Rewrite

Your Script and You

Requirements

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor

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.

Priscilla Oliveras has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her debut novel, His Perfect Partner, is an October 2017 release with Kensington Zebra Shout. A long-time active member of Romance Writers of America, she currently serves as the PRO Liaison on the national board. She's a four-time Golden Heart finalist who has won multiple contests and writes contemporary romance novels with a Latino flavor. Priscilla has lectured on college campuses, presented for local writers groups, penned multiple articles on her craft, and completed five romance novels. Sharing her love of the written word and the information she's gleaned over the course of her writing career is one of her greatest passions.

Steve Alcorn is the published author of a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works. During the past decade he has helped more than 30,000 students turn their story ideas into reality, and many of his students have published novels they developed in his classes. His novels include the mystery A Matter of Justice, the historical novel Everything in Its Path, and the picture storybook Molly Builds a Theme Park. He is the author of the non-fiction books How to Fix Your Novel, Theme Park Design, and Write Your Life Story. When he isn't writing and teaching, Steve is the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc., a leading theme park design company.

William Rabkin is a veteran writer/producer whose 300-plus hours of produced television include Monk, Psych, and The Glades. He has served as "showrunner" on Diagnosis Murder, Martial Law, and She-Wolf of London, and has written a dozen network pilots. He is the co-creator and co-editor of Amazon Publishing's bestselling Dead Man series of action horror novels, and has also published five additional novels and two books on writing, Successful Television Writing (2003, with Lee Goldberg) and Writing the Pilot (2011). As a teacher, he has lectured and led workshops for writers, producers, and executives in Spain, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and led traditional classes at UCLA Extension and Stephens College. He is currently an adjunct professor of screenwriting in the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert's low-residency MFA program.