Explore Fiction Writing Genres Suite

Explore Fiction Writing Genres Suite

96 Course Hrs
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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.

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Course Code: B9569
Start Dates*May 12 | Jun 16 | Jul 14 | Aug 18
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$375.00 USD


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


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


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


The Mystery

Introduction to Screenwriting

Why Write a Script Now?

What Is a Story?


Creating Characters

Screenplay Structure



The End

The Scene

Dialogue . . . or Not

The Rewrite

Your Script and You


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 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. Download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • 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.