Beginner Writer Course: Introduction to Literary Elements

Learn the 5 basic literary elements needed for great storytelling and how to use them in your own writing.
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 39 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

The Beginner Writer Course provides an introduction to the 5 basic literary elements needed for great storytelling. This course is intended for novice writers who want to gain a better understanding of story structure in order to improve their own writing. 

This course consists of:

  • an introduction video
  • a video explaining how to best use the course
  • 5 lectures—one for each of the literary elements: Characterization, Setting, Conflict, Plot Structure, and Theme
  • 5 brief slideshows
  • 5 worksheets to help you delve deeper into the material and get your own writing started.
  • a bonus video

This course is structured sequentially; it’s best to complete the modules in order because each concept builds upon the previous one. This course can be completed in one week—a module a day—or at your own leisure. It’s your preference. Whether you complete it in a week or in a month, you will a great foundation to begin writing your own manuscript.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge or writing experience is needed. Simply watch the videos, navigate the slideshows, and complete the corresponding worksheets.
  • PC or Mac
  • Printer and/or editable Adobe program for PDFs

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify the 5 basic elements of literature
  • Utliize the elements of literature to break down story structure
  • Incorporate the elements of literature in written storytelling

Who is the target audience?

  • The Beginner Writer Course is intended for writers who are just starting out and/or need a refresher on the 5 basic elements of literature. If you are an experienced writer this course is probably not for you.
  • The Beginner Writer Course is for students looking to better understand basic story structure.
  • The Beginner Writer Course is meant to give writers a basic understanding of story structure in order to utilize the elements in their own writing.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Start Here: Course Introduction and Instructions

This section is a course introduction. It consists of two videos, Introduction and How to Use, and one slideshow.


This section contains two videos and one slideshow. Be sure to view both the Introduction video and the How to Use this course video, in addition to the Introduction Slideshow before beginning the next section.

Section 2: Beginner Writer Series Lesson 1: Characterization

View the lecture on Characterization, then view the Characterization Slideshow. Once you feel comfortable with the material, complete the corresponding Character Sketches for both your protagonist and antagonist, as well as any supporting characters you wish to explore more in-depth.

Section 3: Beginner Writer Series Lesson 2: Setting

View the lecture on Setting, then view the Setting Slideshow. Once you feel comfortable with the material, complete the corresponding Setting Worksheet.

Section 4: Beginner Writer Series Lesson 3: Conflict

View the lecture on Conflict, then view the Conflict Slideshow. Once you feel comfortable with the material, complete the corresponding Conflict Worksheet.

Section 5: Beginner Writer Series Lesson 4: Plot Structure

View the lecture on Plot Structure, then view the Plot Structure Slideshow. Once you feel comfortable with the material, complete the corresponding Plot Structure Diagram.

Section 6: Beginner Writer Series Lesson 5: Theme

View the lecture on Theme, then view the Theme Slideshow. Once you feel comfortable with the material, complete the corresponding Theme Worksheet.

Section 7: Thank You!

Thank you for completing The Beginner Writer Course!


This bonus video answers the question: What now?

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Instructor Biography

Jennifer L. Kelly, M.Ed., Self-Published Author & Teacher

Who I Am:

I'm a YA/Children's author and a teacher. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I am currently a middle school teacher and former professor of education. My credentials include a Bachelor's of Arts in English with a writing minor, as well as a Master's of Arts in Education with a reading endorsement. I am also an active member of SCBWI: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

My Writing:

I have self-published 8 books as of 4/2016. The first novel to come to fruition,The Prophecy: The Lucia Chronicles Book 1, was written while participating in National Novel Writing Month 2013 with my 8th grade students. Since then I've won NaNoWriMo 4x and continue to participate every year.

Dig Deeper:

Recently, I've been working on getting traditionally published, while simultaneously continuing to self-publish. My YouTube channel chronicles my writing journey and anything I learn along the way, in addition to some teaching strategies and random stuff like Comic Con. I like yoga, taking my dogs for walks, and watching Doctor Who. YA Sci-fi/fantasy is my genre of choice, and my guilty pleasure are books written by Janet Evanovich and Mitchell's Double Chocolate Chunk ice cream.

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