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Course Syllabus: Paranormal Romance Writing


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Course Description

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

 

Getting it All Together

What is Paranormal?

Elements of Paranormal

Big Picture Thinking

Don't Fall into the Stereotypes

Your Characters

Supernatural/Magical

Heroes

Heroines

Grammar, Vocabulary

Plotting, Plot Maps

Pacing

Dialogue

Editing and Re-editing

Submitting your Manuscript

Agents

Queries

Putting it All Together

A Last Look

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the popular world of the paranormal romance.
  • Describe the elements of a paranormal romance.
  • Know thinking about the big picture.
  • Describe paranormal stereotypes and clichès.
  • Describe the supernatural, magical creatures.
  • Describe heroes.
  • Describe the heroine.
  • Know plotting and plot maps.
  • Describe pacing.
  • Demonstrate dialogue.
  • Know the necessary processes of editing and re-editing.
  • Describe the process of finding an agent for your work.
  • Demonstrate how to create a proper query letter for a prospective agent or publisher, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Assignment 1 Introduction1
Assignment 1B Suspension of Disbelief20
Lesson 1 Quiz6
Assignment 2: Using Backstory in Your Writing20
Lesson 2 Quiz8
Assignment 3 : Big Picture Thinking15
Lesson 3 Quiz5
Assignment 4: Clichés and Stereotypes20
Lesson 4 Quiz6
Assignment 5: Creating a Supernatural Character20
Lesson 5 Quiz7
Assignment 6: Creating Your Hero20
Lesson 6 Quiz5
Assignment 7: Writing Your Heroine20
Lesson 7 Quiz5
Lesson 8: Plotting20
Lesson 8 Quiz6
Assignment 9: Pacing Your Novel20
Lesson 9 Quiz25
Assignment 10: Writing Dialogue25
Lesson 10 Quiz20
Assignment 11: Editing15
Lesson 11 Quiz21
Assignment 12: Agent Research15
Lesson 12 Quiz25
Assignment 13: The Query Letter15
Lesson 13 Quiz25
Assignment 14: The Final Assignment30
Lesson 14 Quiz25
The Final Exam165
Total Points:630
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