Introduction to Writing Fiction

Six-Week Online Course

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Write an Un-Putdownable Novel

This course will give you all the tools you need to create an un-putdownable novel:

  • Create engaging characters that your reader falls in love with.
  • Put them in a solid, well-structured plot that is well-paced and filled with tension to keep the reader turning pages into the night.
  • Master how to use dialogue to move the plot forward and reveal the depth of your characters, and write evocative description that makes the story stay with the reader long after they’ve reached the end.

Our goal is to get you to the point where you’re holding that finished book in your hands.

Introduction to Writing Fiction

Master the six essential elements of a great novel

Good characters are the driving force of a good novel, and getting the reader to care about your characters is the key to writing a page-turner. In this module, we’ll take you through a number of exercises and prompts to get you creating complex, memorable characters for your stories, and try out different techniques that you can use to develop and get to know your characters inside and out. We will also explore the range of tools that you have at your disposal to describe your characters in ways that really bring them to life for the reader.

A solid plot forms the backbone of a good novel. In this module, we’ll learn about the different plot ‘formulae’ that recur in fiction and how these can be adapted. We’ll go through creative exercises that give you the chance to trial various approaches to plotting, at different levels of detail. The aim is to help you find a method that works for you in developing your storyline and planning a structure for your novel.

Getting the pacing right is a crucial element in writing a highly readable story. We’ll consider pacing at the level of the plot, and explore how to vary the pace throughout your story, as well as looking at how to write scenes that feel ‘slow’ or ‘fast’. We’ll also explore different ways of creating tension in your story, from the plot-level to the scene-level. You will have a chance to try your hand at a number of creative exercises which will help you vary the pace and create tension in your writing.

In this module, we will explore the influence of point of view on the reader experience. Through creative exercises, we’ll help you identify which points of view and narration styles most resonate with you as a writer, as well as challenging you to experiment with different styles to expand your writing skills. We’ll also explore different narrator voices, and consider the use of the unreliable narrator in stories.

Good dialogue is a key element in driving your story forward and engaging the reader. In this module, we will use fun and energetic exercises to create dialogue that really sparkles and brings your story to life. We’ll discuss some of the secrets that make dialogue both realistic and gripping.

In this module, we’ll work at writing evocative description, focusing on how to select crucial details that bring your scenes to life in the reader’s mind. We’ll also discuss some of the ways you can develop your writer’s eye for detail and create atmosphere in your story through descriptive detail.

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Master the Craft of Writing

With engaging content, clear explanations and real-life examples, this course will teach you all the aspects you need to create and finish that novel you’ve always been meaning to write.

The keys to turning this writing knowledge into a finished book are practice and feedback. This course gives you dozens of exercises to practice what you’re learning, and a personal tutor who provides feedback on your work in order to highlight your strengths and weaknesses, and give you practical, personalised advice on how to advance your writing skills.

Course Includes:

  • 3 hours of on-demand videos with easy explanations
  • Dozens of Writing Exercises to hone your craft
  • Real-life examples of techniques
  • Full downloadable workbook
  • PERSONALISED TUTOR FEEDBACK ON YOUR WORK
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Six-week course completion time limit*

*we’re writers too, and we know that deadlines are what gets you holding that finished book in your hands

You will Love this Course

Would highly recommend this course to any aspiring writers. Very informative, practical and a lot of fun. Thank you Ellie, you’re an inspiration.

Colette

I’ve found this course to be super helpful. I’ve always had the creative ideas, but wasn’t sure how to structure them well. The course has given me the tools (and the confidence) to actually write something to publish.

Jon

Really interesting exercises which open your eyes to new ways of expressing yourself to your readers.

Joy

I found the course immensely useful and stimulating – it helped to give me space to immerse myself in writing and pick up new skills.

Tanya

Ellie exposed the muddle in my head, helped me get words flowing onto paper instead of setting in a puddle, and showed me there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel.

Irene

An inspiring and informative course. I was amazed and very grateful to have learned so much about the finer details of what it takes to become a good writer. So many useful tips and tricks.

Jeanette

Perfect for People who:

  • Want to write a novel but don’t know where to start
  • Have written a few chapters but are now floundering
  • Have a completed first draft, but are unsure how to transform it into a publishable, un-putdownable novel

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