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Course Details

An overview of the core concepts of story – research, setting, character and dialogue – a basic exploration  of The Hero's Journey and its main character archetypes, as well as an overview of the essential tools of  the trade needed to write professionally.

1.The Key Elements of Story

2. Research

A look at the essential concepts to consider before researching your work, a crucial look at the types of  sources writers will interact with, and an exploration of how to integrate research into fiction, 

considering the concepts of research storage, balance, and poetic license.

3. The Three-Act Structure

A crucial examination of fiction's most popular narrative structure, getting into the specifics of how the  three acts function, how to plot narrative within this framework, and a demystifying discussion of the importance of narrative causality.

4. Character Development

A look at the core concepts to consider when constructing characters – with particular focus on the

public/private disparity as well as the need for character motivation. We also look at more key character  archetypes and learn handy writing tips for writing characters for a modern audience.

5. Character, Conflict & Humanity

A deeper look at character development, with particular focus on the crucial nature of conflict as well as  the subcategories thereof. We then look at how to draw up a character bio and, also, how to design a cohesive cast.

6. How to write nuanced and believable dialogue.

An important look at what distinguishes dialogue from real-life speech, a deep dive into how levels of

human intimacy guides dialogue, as well as a more technical look at how to make decisions regarding

the use of slang, regionalisms, jargon in fiction.

7. Genres of Fiction

We look at the original Ancient Greek genres, how they grew and now present in the modern age, and

also take an important look at the most up-to-date approaches to the concept – with particular focus

placed on mixing genres, the alleged 'post-genre' age of writing, as well as how to choose your own.

8. Publication

A step-by-step guide to the process of publication. We look at the pre-publication phases of beta-reading  and criticism, learn how to assemble necessary auxiliary documentation, as well as how to handle the process of actual submission and the potential feedback the writer will receive at this point in the process.

32 classes


16 weeks





Absolutely wonderful! I would gladly pay for online courses at Shaw Academy. I just love it!

I really appreciated this course! This course is amazing because it really helps  to get a insight into the craft of a story in a digestible, smooth manner.

Great course for beginners. it does provide some interesting prompts to think and write about.

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