Course Curriculum

The gift of storytelling may be one of life’s most powerful—and envied—skills. A well-crafted narrative entertains, empowers, and educates. This course reveals the tried-and-true methods experienced writers use to develop and write stories that are both entertaining and memorable. It introduces you to the practical methods for building dynamic tension, capturing,  and maintaining your reader’s attention. In ten enthralling lectures, The Writing Loft demonstrates how to master the basic principles of fiction with passion and humor in ten engaging lectures. This course will give you the bottom-line information you need to write successful fiction.
Week One: Taking a Stand and The Genius of the Focus Statement Details 7 days
Lay the foundation for a solid and consistent storyline. Learn how a strong foundation for your novel is achieved by exploring the answers to a number of pivotal questions—the answers to which are essential for establishing a structure that will serve you for the entire length of your story. The information you glean will not only enhance the depth of your story, it will give you more control of how your story impacts your readers.
Week Two: When and Where Details 7 days
When and where your story takes place goes beyond just choosing the time and location of a story. The setting of your story is as important an element as is a character. Time and place affect plot, character behaviors, tone and mood. Setting should not be an arbitrary decision. It is the basic underpinning of the world in which your characters and readers will move. It’s an important layer in a character’s development, your reader’s involvement and perceptions. You’ll view video clips of famous movies and see how setting is integral to the storyline and character interactions.
Week Three: Point of View Details 7 days
The focus of this week’s lesson is to decide who should tell your story. You will learn the strengths and weakness, pros and cons, of each type of viewpoint and decide which one will serve your story best. It is the point of view a writer chooses that determines through whose eyes the reader will experience events and whether your story will work or not. You’ll also have the opportunity to see how unique points of view work in other novels and how the author uses it to enhance the story. Everything in a well-thought out story is filtered through the point of view you choose. A wrong choice may damage the entire impact of the story and strangle its unique message.
Week Four: Character Building Details 7 days
This week’s focus is to learn how to create characters readers will not only remember and believe but also cherish. You’ll learn what makes a character become real to a reader, and immediately identifiable and memorable. Characters should have unique personalities as well as unique behaviors. They should speak and act according to their personalities—personalities consistent with the scope of your story—and behave in ways that reveal plot and enhance storyline. You’ll explore the importance of knowing how a character should react in specific situations and how that character is vital to revealing the underlying reason for which you are telling the story. We will also explore the function each minor character serves, how subplots work, and what the job each minor character plays in bringing your story to life.
Week Five: Conflict and Suspense Details 7 days
This week you’ll learn what conflict and suspense really are and how to employ to enhance the impact of your story. Every story requires conflict and suspense to heighten interest. There is no story without conflict, even in a romance. Conflict and the resolution of that conflict drive the plot, while suspense (tension) elevates the quality of the resolution. Conflict is the essence of story, and all literary fiction requires it in order to engage the reader and succeed as a story. Conflict supplies the momentum for events and change. It is crucial for delivering essential story information and building believable characters. You will learn about different plot techniques available to you, the novelist.
Week Six: Plot Details 7 days
The focus of this week’s lesson is to construct the plot of your story. Plot is the basis for how your story will proceed and what problems might be encountered. It is a way to pre-think your storyline and make it work with your overall focus. It is also what you need to do in order to keep every portion of your story working together. Plot isn't the same as a story. It is the sequence of events within the story that affect through the principle of cause and affect. The causally related events of any plot can be thought of the road map of how your story should proceed and which turns it must take.
Week Seven: Writing for Emotional Impact Part I Details 7 days
The focus of the next two lessons is to learn how to ensure readers become emotional engaged in what happens in your story. A novelist’s main objective is emotional impact. Unless a reader gets lost in a story and forgets the reality that surrounds him or her, the story, and the characters within, will not resonate. In other words, there will be no story. These two lessons will tell you about the science behind how readers read and how that information sets the boundaries for how you write. You will learn what it takes to make sure your readers are hooked into the story from the beginning and stay involved to the end. Reader engagement is the foundation of any successful story and the “Think and Feel Principle” is the path to that engagement.
Week Eight: Writing for Emotional Impact Part II Details 7 days
The focus of this lesson is to continue your instruction on creating reader emotional engagement. In part II, you will further your experience with principles essential for creating emotional engagement. This lesson will cover the glaring mistakes amateur writers commonly make that how those mistakes kill emotional engagement. You will also learn the true meaning of “show, don’t tell” and how it has been traditionally misapplied and misunderstood.
Week Nine: What Your First Chapter Must Have Details 7 days
The focus of this lesson is to complete your first chapter. You will use the principles learned in previous lessons and incorporate them into completing the first chapter of your book. You will also outline the direction your novel will take in chapters following. Your Instructor-mentor will read your chapter, make suggestions, and highlight any strengths and weaknesses. This chapter will be the beginning of a manuscript you will complete in the Master Novel Class.
Week Ten: Agent, editors and publishing. Details 7 days
A well-written novel would not be complete without the information of how to get it into the hands of readers. The focus of this lesson is to discover why having a manuscript edited isn’t always your last step; what the different types of editors are and what each does; why you need a content editor before a proofreader; and how self-publishing vs. traditional publishing can serve your publishing goals. You will explore your publishing goals and which will serve your personality and finances the best. We will also discuss what you can expect from an agent and what you need to do to acquire one. This lesson serves as an introduction to the expanded classes: Self-publishing: The Nuts and Bolts and Inside Traditional Publishing.
You’ve Earned Your Certificate. Congratulations. Details 00:00:00
Individuals that complete the course receive a Certificate of Completion and a progress suggestion card. Given your particular skills and challenges we have discovered during the course, we will suggest what courses or resources will contribute to furthering your writing skills. We will help you explore what your next writing step should be.
  • $189.00
  • 70 Days

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