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Beginning Writers Workshop

Everything you need to know to create the next bestseller!
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What Will I Learn?
Turn your idea into reality
Introduction to character development
Complete guide to story structure
Create your manuscript
Write lively exposition and dynamic dialogue
Polish your writing
Find a publisher or agent
Cash in on the self-publishing craze
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  • A passion for fiction

Do you have a great idea for a novel, short story, play or screenplay, but don't know how to get started?

In this lively and fun course, Steve Alcorn shows you how to turn your idea into reality. Learn the basics of:

  • Story Structure
  • Character Development
  • Viewpoint & Tense
  • Writing Scenes
  • Crafting Dialogue
  • Manuscript Polishing
  • Getting Published

Beginning Writer's Workshop shows you how to become a professional author while having fun and learning the tricks of the publishing trade. It's a fun and exciting class for all aspiring writers!

Who is the target audience?
  • All aspiring authors
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Expand All 16 Lectures Collapse All 16 Lectures 01:48:03
5 Lectures 32:25

Meet your instructor and learn techniques to avoid "writer's block" and guarantee success.

Preview 05:27

These simple techniques will propel you from idea to completion.

Preview 08:35

Discover the essential difference between plot and story.

Plot vs. Story

Story Patterns give you a template for success.

Story Patterns

Meet your protagonist and antagonist, and discover the flaw that drives them.

Character Development
Story Structure
3 Lectures 27:29

Three Act Structure has worked for thousands of years, and it will work for you, too!

Three Act Structure

My nine story structure checkpoints make it easy to create fiction that works, every time.

Story Structure Checkpoints

By understanding the internal structure of scenes, your writing will always flow perfectly.

Scene Structure
5 Lectures 30:16

Here are the most popular viewpoint and tense options, and how to choose the best one for you.

Viewpoint and Tense

Dialogue is a form of conflict that should always advance the plot or develop your character.


Using active verbs is the best way to bring your exposition to life.

Active Verbs

How long is a manuscript? How long are chapters? How do you get to "The End"? This lesson reveals all!

Manuscript Writing

Search for these common errors in your manuscript, and you'll really improve it.

3 Lectures 17:53

Should you contact a publisher or agent? And where do you find them? How do you query? This lesson shows you.

Traditional Publishing

It's a whole new publishing world out there. here's how to make it work for you.

The Exciting World of Self-Publishing

Now that you're an author, where do you go to learn more?!

Next Steps
About the Instructor
4.6 Average rating
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6,448 Students
14 Courses
Published Author and Educator

Steve Alcorn is a theme park designer, author, teacher, and the founder of Writing Academy. His novels include mysteries, young adult stories, historic fiction and romance. His is also the author of How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve has helped more than 20,000 aspiring writers structure their novels, through the online learning programs of 1500 colleges and universities worldwide. Many of his students are now published authors, and you can be, too!

4.6 Average rating
124 Reviews
1,940 Students
5 Courses
Author and Screenwriter

Dani is the author of the Young Adult novel The Last Telepath, and three screenplays: 

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.

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