Course Syllabus


Course Description

Mastering the Art of Novel Writing: A Comprehensive Guide

Crafting a novel is an art that intertwines creativity, discipline, and dedication. While the journey of novel-writing can be intricate, it is by no means unattainable, especially when armed with the right tools and guidance.

This course, "Mastering the Art of Novel Writing," offers both budding and seasoned writers a structured path to breathe life into their stories. We delve deep into the nuances of crafting a compelling narrative, providing you with a toolkit to develop engaging characters, build gripping plots, and lace your narrative with your unique style.

Why This Course?

For many, the idea of a structural approach to writing may seem restrictive. However, a well-constructed framework can act as a compass, guiding writers through the vast ocean of their imagination without getting lost. By adhering to tried-and-true methodologies, writers can channel their energy on ideation, weaving intricate plot twists, and creating memorable characters.

Our course encompasses all elements vital to novel creation, referred to as 'dramatic construction'. From the seed of an idea to the final full stop, we support you in your journey, ensuring that your story stands tall on these foundational pillars.

Furthermore, with the ever-evolving publishing landscape, simply penning a great story isn't enough. We extend our guidance beyond writing, offering insights into navigating the complex world of publishing, ensuring your masterpiece finds its rightful place on bookshelves.

A Glimpse into the Course Modules:

  1. Definition of a Novel: Understanding the essence of a novel and how it differentiates from other forms of literature.

  2. Work Philosophy: Adopting the right mindset and work ethic for sustained writing.

  3. Novel Writing Methods: Exploring varied approaches to novel writing to find what suits you best.

  4. Selecting a Specific Class & Genre: Recognizing where your story fits in the literary world and tailoring it to a target audience.

  5. Point of View (POV): Delving into narrative styles and discerning which lends best to your story.

  6. Manuscript Formatting: Preparing your manuscript professionally for submissions.

  7. Storyboarding to Synopsis Formation: Structuring your novel, mapping out key events, and preparing a gripping synopsis.

  8. Five Elements of Fiction Writing: Unraveling the elements that make fiction resonate with readers.

  9. Character to Plot Development: Crafting memorable characters and placing them in riveting scenarios.

  10. Setting, Theme, Style, & Tone: Building the world of your novel and defining its mood.

  11. Climax, Critical Scenes & Cause and Effect: Driving your story towards pivotal moments and understanding their ripple effects.

  12. Dialogue & Exposition: Mastering the art of authentic dialogue and balanced exposition.

  13. Polishing of Prose: Refining your narrative for a smooth reading experience.

  14. Checklist of Questions: A reflective module ensuring all boxes are ticked before proceeding.

  15. Publish or Perish - Getting Ready to Submit: Preparing your work and yourself for the world of publishing.

... and more!

Each lesson is meticulously crafted, complete with assignments, resources, and evaluations to ensure not just theoretical knowledge but practical application.

In Conclusion

Novel writing can be a challenging endeavor, but with commitment, passion, and the right guidance, the path becomes clearer and the journey enjoyable. If you're ready to commit to your literary aspirations, to mold your ideas into coherent, compelling narratives, then this course is your compass, guiding light, and mentor.

Join us on this transformative journey, and let's together bring your novel to life.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a novel is.
  • Describe working philosophy.
  • Summarize novel writing methods.
  • Select a specific class to write about.
  • Select a specific genre to write about.
  • Select a Point of View (POV).
  • Summarize manuscript formatting.
  • Create a storyboard.
  • Define the synopsis.
  • Summarize five elements involved in fiction writing.
  • Describe building character development.
  • Describe plot/conflict development.
  • Summarize plot requirements.
  • Create the setting, theme, style and tone.
  • Create climax. Identify critical scenes. Recognize cause and effect.
  • Create proper dialog and illustrative details.
  • Write a conclusion. Edit and revise. Publish the work.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Your Novel 15 points
Lesson 1 Assignment 5 points
Lesson 1 Exam 10 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 5 points
Lesson 2 Exam 10 points
Lesson 3 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 3 Exam 9 points
Lesson 4 Exam 9 points
Lesson 5 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 5 Exam 10 points
Lesson 6 Exam 10 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 5 points
Lesson 7 Exam 5 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 8 Exam 10 points
Lesson 9 Assignment 10 points
Lesson 9 Exam 9 points
Lesson 10 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 10 Exam 10 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 11 Exam 10 points
Lesson 12 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 12 Exam 10 points
Lesson 13 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 13 Exam 10 points
Lesson 14 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 14 Exam 10 points
Lesson 15 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 15 Exam 9 points
Lesson 16 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 16 Exam 10 points
Lesson 17 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 17 Exam 10 points
Lesson 18 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 18 Exam 9 points
Lesson 19 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 19 Exam 10 points
Lesson 20 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 20 Exam 8 points
Lesson 21 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 21 Exam 10 points
Lesson 22 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 22 Exam 10 points
Assignment 23A 10 points
Lesson 23 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 23 Exam 10 points
Lesson 24 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 24 Exam 10 points
Lesson 25 Assignment 20 points
Lesson 25 Exam 8 points
Final Assignment 20 points
Lesson 26 Assignment 25 points
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