This course is still a work in progress. Thanks for understanding.
Learn To Write Fiction: Writing a Series is an eight week course that covers the topics listed below. Each week covers a different topic and you will find the reading and writing assignments for at-home and in-class on the same page. Plan for each in-class session to last two hours.
The content seen here is a collection of articles by a variety of authors that go into detail on specific writing topics. To learn more on the art of writing, you may wish to check out the list of recommended reading, though these books are not required reading for this course.
Writing assignments can either be typed or handwritten, whichever is more comfortable for you. Just remember that you’ll want to bring them with you to each session to talk about them, so make sure they can be portable.
Week 1: Course Overview
Week 2: Introduction to Writing a Series
Week 3: Character Arcs
Week 4: Backstory & Subplots
Week 6: Setting & World-Building
“To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.”
“Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”
—William S. Burroughs
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
“To write fiction, one needs a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.” – Aldous Huxley
“It’s such a confidence trick, writing a novel. The main person you have to trick into confidence is yourself. This is hard to do alone.” – Zadie Smith
“I’m a relatively disciplined writer who composes the whole book before beginning to execute and write it. Of course, you can’t hold – you cannot imagine a whole novel before you write it; there are limits to human memory and imagination. Lots of things come to your mind as you write a book, but again, I make a plan, chapter, know the plot.” – Orhan Pamuk
“Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Silvia Plath
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” – Franz Kafka
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams
“Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.” – Ray Bradbury