Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Have you started, then stalled? Are you confused by all the different methods of plotting out there - snowflakes, wagon wheels, trees, fractals, mountains?
DO IT YOUR WAY!!!
For years writing teachers have been teaching students THEIR WAY of writing a novel. They figure if it worked for them it would work for others right? Wrong! In more than 30 years of professional education experience I have discovered that each person has a different way of learning and a different approach to becoming a proficient writer.
If that is the case how can anyone teach someone how to write a novel?
The short answer is that they can't. The complete answer is a bit more complex. As a teacher, I can be a guide that helps you discover your best approaches to developing characters, creating settings, and developing plots. I can help you understand what constitutes good characterization, writing, narration, character building, and description. Then I can give you several different approaches and show you how to customize them to your personal writing and learning styles.
I can also help you set a realistic writing schedule and give you professional feedback about your writing. I'm the guide, but the journey is yours and yours alone.
What's this course like?
Well, you will get started writing immediately. The first three weeks you will learn about the elements of a successful novel. We will focus on Characterization, Point of View, Story Structure, and Setting.
By the second week you will begin planning your novel. You will get to know your characters, set up a story arc and create a general description of the setting for your tale. In the third week, you will begin to write your novel. For the remaining 13-weeks, you will have assignments and word count targets. You will be posting excerpts and exercises to a closed Facebook group for critiques by both the instructor and your fellow students.
At the end of the course, I will provide you with a professional critique of 20,000 words of your novel.
What kind of skills do I need for this course?
Aside from basic word processing skills and a good basic command of written English, you do not require any special skills. This is an entry-level class. We take you step-by-step through the process of writing a 50-75,000 word novel.
Terri Main has written and published most types of literature including novels, poetry, short stories, nonfiction books, magazine articles, stage plays, video scripts, and radio drama. She has published more than 60 books. She has also taught writing and communication studies for more than 30 years. She can do, but she also can teach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Autopilot Version Available
An Autopilot Course is an economical way to learn the basics of a subject on your own working at your own pace. All the text-based course materials are the same as in the original course. You can access them on your own schedule. Autopilot courses are offered on a "Set-Your-Own-Price" model. Entrance is free, but you will have the option to pay whatever you feel the course is worth to you. We work on the honor system. And, if you don't feel you can afford to give anything right now,, God Bless You, as well. Maybe later, when things improve. You can upgrade to the full course at any time by emailing the instructor and anything you paid will be applied to the registration fee of the premium course.
Autopilot courses include suggested exercises for your own use. However, you will not be receiving critiques from the instructor as you would in this version of the course. Click here to review the autopilot version of this course.