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Writing Women's Fiction

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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


Lesson One: What, Exactly, is Women's Fiction?

Lesson Two: Setting Your Work Schedule, and Dumping Writer's Block

Lesson Three: Subgenres of Women's Fiction: Women's Fiction is NOT Chick Lit!

Lesson Four: The Rules of Women's Fiction

Lesson Five: Themes of Women's Fiction

Lesson Six: Writing Your Central Character

Lesson Seven: Positive Aspects of Women's Fiction

Lesson Eight: Common Threads and Big Picture Thinking

Lesson Nine: Setting the Scene

Lesson Ten: Plotting Your Course

Lesson Eleven: How to use Subplots in your Writing

Lesson Twelve: A Growing Market

Lesson Thirteen: Publishing Guidelines for Women's Fiction

Lesson Fourteen: Agents: What They Do and How to Find One

Lesson Fifteen: Query Letters

Lesson Sixteen: Wrapping it All Up

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will include a written assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.

A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. 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 what, exactly, is women's fiction.
  • Demonstrate setting your work schedule and dumping writer's block.
  • Describe subgenres of women's fiction.
  • Describe the rules of women's fiction.
  • Know common themes of women's fiction.
  • Demonstrate choosing and writing your central character.
  • Describe positive aspects of women's fiction.
  • Identify common threads and big picture thinking.
  • Demonstrate setting the scene, plotting your course, and using subplots.
  • Know publishing guidelines for women's fiction and dealing with agents.
  • Demonstrate writing query letters for your work, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Assignment 1A1
Assignment 1B100
Lesson 1 Quiz5
Assignment 2A100
Assignment 2B100
Lesson 2 Quiz5
Assignment 3A100
Assignment 3B100
Lesson 3 Quiz4
Assignment 4A100
Assignment 4B100
Lesson 4 Quiz3
Assignment 5100
Lesson 5 Quiz3
Assignment 6A100
Assignment 6B100
Character Building Worksheet-
Lesson 6 Quiz5
Assignment 7100
Lesson 7 Quiz4
Assignment 8A100
Assignment 8B100
Lesson 8 Exam3
Assignment 9100
Lesson 9 Quiz3
Assignment 10100
Lesson 10 Quiz4
Assignment 11A100
Assignment 11B100
Lesson 11 Quiz4
Assignment 12100
Lesson 12 Quiz4
Assignment 13100
Lesson 13 Quiz4
Assignment 14100
Lesson 14 Exam5
Assignment 15100
Lesson 15 Exam4
Assignment 16100
Total Points:2261

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