Beginning Writer’s Workshop

Beginning Writer’s Workshop
Price: 
$149.00

Course Hours: 
25
Course Type: 
Instructor Led - 4 Weeks Long
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If you have always wanted to write a novel but you have no idea how to begin the process, then Beginning Writer’s Workshop is created just for you. In this course, we cover all the basics you need to get started on producing your own book. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of creating the right plot, settings, scenes and developing characters. This course also helps to guide you through the tricky parts of writing: points of view and dialogue. So, if you are ready for the exciting challenge of writing your own novel, turn the page and let’s begin our journey! 

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.

** Course Subject to Change.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the basic outlines of story structure and patterns
  • Recall various ways to develop characters and how to set scenes
  • Recognize different points of view, dialogue and voice
  • List ways to vary sentence structure, use descriptive words and properly revise writing

Beginning Writer’s Workshop Module 1
Basic Story Structure

Every good book starts with an idea, observation, dream or experience. In this module, we discuss the importance of using accurate sources for material. We find out about story and plot, and we discuss ways to put together a story and plot to make a great novel. We also cover the differences between the two and how to create a logical pattern and outline for your story.

  • Locating Sources for Material
  • Keeping a Journal or Writer’s Notebook
  • Story & Plot: What’s the Difference?
  • Story Patterns
  • Outlining Your Story

Beginning Writer’s Workshop Module 2
Developing Characters, Settings and Scenes

The way your characters look and act, and the name you give them, can help you tell your readers a great deal about the characters’ personalities. This week we will work on developing personalities, adding physical features and fleshing out specific details about your characters. We will also discuss setting and the way it interacts with plot, how to choose a setting that’s right for you, and how to research your chosen setting. 

  • Developing Personalities
  • Adding Physical Features & Names
  • Flesh Out Your Characters & Turn Them Loose
  • Choosing the Right Setting for You
  • Tips for Working with Scenes

Beginning Writer’s Workshop Module 3
Points of View, Dialogue and Voice

How you work with plot, scenes, and characters is determined by the point of view you choose for your novel. In this section, we look at the different points of view available, along with their positive and negative aspects. We also recognize what makes for good dialogue and tips for perfecting it.

  • Different Points of View
  • How to Work with Points of View
  • The Importance of Good Dialogue
  • Tips for Writing Dialogue
  • Paying Attention to Voice

Beginning Writer’s Workshop Module 4
Language, Revision and Proofreading

This week, we talk about effective ways to work with active verbs and descriptions. Because wordiness can be a problem for every writer, we go over tips for discovering and eliminating verbiage in your novel writing. After a writer finishes every single piece of work, the time comes to start revising it. We will work through the stages of revision that are necessary to make your novel even better.

  • Active & Descriptive Words
  • Variations on Sentence Structure
  • Tips for Revising Your Manuscript
  • Focus on Beginnings & Endings
  • Proofreading Tips

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Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

 

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.

 

PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player

 

MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.