Story Design
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Story Design

Get a mentor to help you master the skills necessary for success in fiction writing
4.8 (3 ratings)
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22 students enrolled
Created by Hank Quense
Last updated 2/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to embed their ideas into the story design elements such as characters, plot and more
  • Only a desire to lean to create stories

You have a story to tell. Let it out!

Imagine developing a story and telling it in a way that will keep the readers turning the pages.

Hank Quense is the author of a number of highly regarded novels and often writes and lectures on fiction writing techniques. Based on his non-fiction book Creating Stories which has been praised by novices and published authors alike in this course, you’ll learn how to:

* Develop imagery the reader can use

* Build well-rounded characters the readers can relate to

* Create a path through the plot cloud

* Develop an emotional arc to keep readers on the edge of their seats

* write dramatic and effective scenes

* and much more

This story design process can be used on any type of story. It can be used to develop a short story, a novel, a script, a play and even a memoir.

After all, each of these types really is just a story, and all stories use the same story design elements.

The only difference between all these types of stories is the output. A novel manuscript is much different from a screen play, but both stories need to develop characters, a plot and must use all other elements as well.

Bring your story ideas along and we'll work on them together!  Get started today!

Enroll now by clicking on the buy now button on top of the page!

Who this course is for:
  • Beginning fiction writers
Course content
Expand all 21 lectures 01:20:22
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:01

Meet your instructor and get an overview of the course

Preview 01:01
+ Creating Stories
3 lectures 09:40

an overview of creating a story

Preview 02:26

The definition of a story

Preview 02:21

my opinion on a few matters often done incorrectly

Preview 04:53
+ Story Setting
2 lectures 06:09

This lecture discusses the uses of a story setting and the impact on the reader

Story Setting

Two examples are discussed showing the difference between story setting and scene setting

Story Setting Examples
Develop the story setting(s) for your story
Story Setting
1 question
+ Character Building
6 lectures 29:02

I discuss the physical makeup of your characters and introduce the concept of a Dominant Reader Emotion

Physical Attributes

Getting to know and understand the characters

Character Biography

This lecture covers the mental aspects of your character

Mental Aspects

Character arcs and character motivation are necessary ingredients in any story

Character Arc and Motivation

Some thoughts on construction your cast of characters

How Many Characters?

A brief to give you a few instructions on what the assignment involves

Assignment instructions
Using the Character Development Cheat Sheet, start the development of the major characters in your story. There will be three such characters, the hero, a sidekick for the hero and a villain.
Character Development
1 question
+ Plots
5 lectures 17:28

A brief discussion about exactly what a plot is.

What is a plot?

Here we examine a graphical model of a plot and a plot path

Plot Cloud

Subplots have many uses and I'll discuss them here.


I'll walk you through a simple example of how to build a plot

Plot Examples

Instructions on what to do with the plotting assignment

Plotting assignment
Use a handout form to assist you in developing the plot for your story
Plot assignment
1 question
+ Scene Design
3 lectures 10:41

This lecture describes the mandatory and optional elements required by every scene

Scene Design Requirements

Explains the concept of an emotional arc

Scene Design: Emotional Arc

This lecture will explain the relationship between plot events and emotional changes

Plot & Emotional Arc
Write a few scenes for your story
Scene design assignment
3 questions
+ Putting It All together
1 lecture 03:59

In this lecture, I detail how I go about managing all the varied story elements

Putting It All Together.