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Course Description

From character and plot-conflict development to infusing a unique style and specialized writing techniques, the steps to writing a novel--while not utterly impossible--do require a dedicated, disciplined approach.
 
By committing to the steps outlined within this course, aspiring (and even experienced) novelists can find the structure they need to create a well-crafted manuscript, one they will be proud to shop to potential agents and publishers.
 
While some creative types may balk at the idea of adhering to a framework, the truth is that following such guidelines actually frees up writers to focus on the genesis and flow of ideas as opposed to be bogged down by the myriad of format and publishing style particulars.
 
That is why we have provided you with insights into how, from start to finish, you can develop the varying elements of your novel: characters, plotlines, setting, tone, conflict, climax, and resolution/denouement. Labeled as dramatic construction, every novel ought to have a foundation in these basic principles.
 
Plus, we will help take you one step further by offering you the specifics as to what is required to submit your completed work to potential agents and publishers. With an end goal in mind, this will help inspire you to actually finish your novel. Once outfitted with both practical and creative writers' tools, there is no reason you can not successfully write a novel and get it published.

If indeed you are truly committed and willing to invest the necessary time and effort to put your literary skills to the test, there should be nothing, absolutely nothing, stopping you from producing memorable prose. 
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a novel is.
  • Describe working philosophy.
  • Know novel writing methods.
  • Select a specific class to write about.
  • Select a specific genre to write about.
  • Select a Point of View (POV).
  • Know manuscript formatting.
  • Create a storyboard.
  • Define the synopsis.
  • Know five elements involved in fiction writing.
  • Describe building character development.
  • Describe plot/conflict development.
  • Know 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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 
 
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Lesson 1: Definition of a Novel

This lesson describes the history of the novel, and the rewards and satisfaction of novel writing. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: History of the Novel
  • Review Article: Word Count: How Long Should Your Novel Be?
  • Complete Assignment: Your Novel
  • Complete Assignment: Introductions
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Work Philosophy

This lesson explains the Dos and Don'ts about writing schedules and motivation. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Overcoming Obstacles
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Novel Writing Methods

This lesson explains the different forms, methods, and development for writing novels. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Three-Act Structure
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Selecting a Specific Class

This lesson discusses short stories and novella writing. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: What Makes a Good Short Story?
  • Review Article: 10 Greatest American Short Story Writers
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Selecting a Specific Genre

When considering the type of genre you ultimately want to write, it is most important that you objectively assess your strengths as a writer, the time you will be able to commit to the project, and the level of interest you have for specific subjects. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: The Detective Novel
  • Review Article: Types of Novels
  • Take Poll: Lesson 5 Poll: Choosing a Genre
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Selecting a Point of View (POV)

This lesson explains the four points of view an author can use. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: What Point of View?
  • Review Article: Establishing the Right Point of View
  • Take Poll: Lesson 6 Poll: Choosing a Point of View
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Manuscript Formatting

In order for your work to be viewed as professional, and worthy of acquisition by a potential publisher, your manuscript will also need to be produced in the acceptable official form. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Manuscript Form
  • Review Article: Manuscript Style Guidelines
  • Review Article: ASTD Manuscript and Style Guidelines
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Storyboarding

This lesson defines what a storyboard is, and how to make and use one in the novel-writing process. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Storyboarding
  • Review Article: Storyboarding Software
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Synopsis Formation

This lesson explains what a synopsis is, and how to write one. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: How to Write a Synopsis
  • Review Article: What is the Importance of a Synopsis?
  • Take Poll: Lesson 9 Poll: Writing a Synopsis
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Five Elements Involved in Fiction Writing

This lesson describes the five elements that are crucial to writing a novel. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Top Ten Plotting Problems
  • Review Article: Stephen King's Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Building Character Development

This lesson explains the phases to go through as you develop your characters. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Getting to Know Your Character
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Plot/Conflict Development

This lesson explains how to establish a plot and conflicts. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Conflict and Resolution in the Romance Novel
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: More on Plot

This lesson discusses the different types of plot structures. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Setting and Theme

This lesson explores the different types of settings and themes, and the importance of ensuring that continuity carries throughout the novel. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: A Seminar on Writing Prose
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Style and Tone

In this lesson we discuss the style and tone of a novel and the difference between tone and mood. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Developing Your Writing Style
  • Review Article: Style and Tone
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: Climax Building

This lesson describes how to build tension that leads to a climax. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review Article: Adding Subplots
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam

Lesson 17: Critical Scenes

This lesson defines critical scenes, and their placement within the novel. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review Article: Researching a Novel
  • Review Article: Starting Your Research
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Exam

Lesson 18: Cause & Effect

This lesson describes the cause-and-effect actions that are critical to a novel's plot. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Exam

Lesson 19: Dialogue

This lesson discusses the importance of dialogue, and how to make it realistic. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review Video: Writing Dialogue
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Exam

Lesson 20: Illustrative Details/Exposition

This lesson discusses imagery, style, allusions, and symbolism in writing. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Review Article: Basic Exposition
  • Review Article: Modes of Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Exam

Lesson 21: Inclusion and Exclusion

This lesson explains the dos and dont's of adding too much clutter to your writing. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 21 Video
  • Review Article: 50 Dos and Don'ts
  • Review Article: Thoughts on Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 21 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 21 Exam

Lesson 22: Writing a Conclusion

This lesson explains the different ways to bring closure to your novel. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 22 Video
  • Review Article: Conclusions
  • Review Article: How To Write The Ending Of Your Novel
  • Take Poll: Lesson 22 Poll: Satisfying Outcomes
  • Complete: Lesson 22 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 22 Exam

Lesson 23: Polishing of Prose

This lesson explains how to proofread your writing. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 23 Video
  • Review Article: Purple Prose
  • Review Article: Proofreading Tips
  • Review Article: Writing Dates and Times
  • Complete: Assignment 23A
  • Complete: Lesson 23 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 23 Exam

Lesson 24: Checklist of Questions

This lesson discusses how to remove clutter, and refine your manuscript. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 24 Video
  • Review Article: Editing Checklist
  • Review Article: Check List for Fiction Writers
  • Complete: Lesson 24 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 24 Exam

Lesson 25: Publish or Perish: Getting Ready to Submit

This lesson discusses the different ways to submit your work for publishing. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 25 Video
  • Review Article: How Self Publishing Works
  • Review Article: How to Write a Perfect Query Letter
  • Review Article: Random House: What I Look For in a Rough Draft
  • Take Poll: Lesson 25 Poll: Query Letter
  • Complete: Lesson 25 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 25 Exam

Lesson 26: Writing a Novel: Final Take Aways

Inspirational quotes by some well-known authors, why they write, and why people read novels. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 26 Video
  • Review Article: Recompose Magazine Submissions
  • Take Poll: Lesson 26 Poll: Favorite Quotes
  • Take Survey: Course Completion Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Final Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 26 Assignment
706
Total Course Points

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Course Title: Novel Writing 101
Course Number: 7550282
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: College Level
CEU Value: 2.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Melissa Behrend
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