The Foundations of Fiction (Writing Mastery)
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The Foundations of Fiction (Writing Mastery)

Become a creative writing master and write killer novels, memoirs, or short stories
Bestseller
4.5 (2,892 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
17,808 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 31 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Master the 6 universal foundations that make up ALL great fiction
  • Create complex, realistic characters who will jump right off the page
  • Write vibrant, riveting dialogue that will breathe life into your scenes
  • Construct vivid, memorable settings that will shape the world of your story
  • Compose intricate, scintillating prose that will pull readers in from the first word
  • Structure masterful, gripping plots that will hook readers and keep them turning pages
Requirements
  • A notebook and pen/pencil or a computer/tablet
  • A timer for writing exercises
  • A desire to write fiction!
Description


Do you want to write fiction that is sophisticated, compelling, and dynamic?

Do you want to find more inspiration in your creative writing?

Do you want to master the tools that every great fiction writer knows and uses to craft their novels and short stories? 


We're here to help!


From international bestselling author and Udemy’s “Breakout Instructor of 2016” comes an ENGAGING, INSPIRING, and COMPREHENSIVE new fiction writing course for beginners and advanced writers alike!

Whether you want to write novels, short stories, memoirs, flash fiction or even screenplays and stage plays, this course will help you master the 6 Universal Foundations that make up all great fiction. 

These six tools (Character, Dialogue, Point of View, Narrative Style, Setting, and Plot) are what every accomplished fiction writer knows and uses to craft their stories.  


By the end of this course, you will be able to:  

  • Create complex, realistic      characters who will jump right off the page

  • Write vibrant, riveting      dialogue that will breathe life into your      scenes

  • Construct vivid, memorable      settings that      will shape the world of your story

  • Compose intricate, scintillating prose that will pull readers in from the first word

  • Structure masterful, gripping plots that will hook readers and keep them turning pages


Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned writer looking to improve your craft, this fun, interactive course (jam packed with over 6 hours of video and more than 25 fun writing exercises) will give you the skills, confidence, and inspiration you need to become a FICTION WRITING MASTER!

With two learning tracks (Foundation and Advanced), this course offers a unique flexible curriculum, allowing you to learn at your own pace and skill level.

If you’re just starting out, try our Foundation Track to master the basics first before moving onto the more advanced elements. Or, if you’re a more seasoned writer (or someone who enjoys an extra challenge!), try our Advanced Track to dive deeper into each of the six areas of fiction writing mastery.  

Regardless of which track you choose, we guarantee that after taking this course, you will:  

  • Be more inspired to write

  • Feel more confident about your writing

  • Notice a vast improvement in your writing abilities


So who are we?

Jessica Brody is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 20 novels for kids, teens, and adults, published by several major publishers like Simon & Schuster, Random House, Macmillan, and Disney Press. Her books have been translated and published in more than 23 countries and two are currently in development as major motion pictures. One of Jessica's recent novels, The Chaos of Standing Still received a coveted starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who called it “absorbing from first page to last.” And now Jessica is sharing her proven storytelling methods and fiction writing secrets in this course.   

Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels published by Penguin Books. Joanne also holds a PhD in English Literature and teaches regular writing classes for kids and teens in New York City.  

Jessica and Joanne have also sold a sci-fi trilogy to  Simon and Schuster. The first book, Sky Without Stars (a retelling of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables set on another planet) released in March, 2019 and the sequel, Between Burning Worlds releases in March, 2020.
 

Together, Jessica and Joanne have created an extensive course to help writers (beginner to advanced) build a storytelling foundation and nurture their love of writing.


This course is jam packed full of:  

  • Examples      from popular books and movies that      will help you fully grasp the elements of great storytelling

  • Loads of fun, inspiring writing prompts designed to spark your imagination,      get your creative juices flowing, and implement the topics covered in each      lecture

  • Tons of practical writing tips and advice to take      you on an unforgettable creative journey toward becoming an exceptional      fiction writer


Jessica’s 10+ years of professional experience writing commercial fiction, combined with Joanne’s in-depth knowledge of classic literature and the writing craft, make for an engaging and enlightening class that is guaranteed to leave you feeling empowered and, most important, inspired to write.  

Enroll now and get started on your journey to becoming a Creative Writing Master!


PRAISE FOR OTHER WRITING MASTERY COURSES:

"Jessica Brody breaks down these concepts with clarity and amazing insight."  - MIKE, UDEMY STUDENT

"Very informative and well worth the time and cost. Jessica has shown me some new ways to approach my storytelling and how to make sure I am telling the best tale I can." - NOEL, UDEMY STUDENT

"Clear, concise, & well-narrated with an abundance of enthusiasm." - CHRISTOPHER, UDEMY STUDENT

"This course is worth far more than the price of admission!" - TALMAGE, UDEMY STUDENT

"Jessica Brody nails all the elements in this course. The exercises are brilliant and very helpful. Thank you for such a great course!" - KIMBERLEY, UDEMY STUDENT

"Jessica Brody has a gift for distilling lots of hard-earned information into concise and tasty bites. - KATHERINE, UDEMY STUDENT

"If you write (or plan to write), get this course" - SCOTT, UDEMY STUDENT

"Superb."  - KIMBERLELY, UDEMY STUDENT

"I have learned so much information that has helped me in the writing process." - CHRISTY, UDEMY STUDENT

"Good pacing, great tools, wonderful ideas... loving this course!" - REGINA, UDEMY STUDENT

"Love the videos. Very easy to understand and lots of great tips!" - LISA, UDEMY STUDENT



Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in writing fiction
  • Anyone who wants to improve their fiction writing
  • Anyone looking for writing inspiration
  • Writers who need help finishing a story
Course content
Expand all 56 lectures 05:59:14
+ Foundation Block #1: Character
11 lectures 01:16:10
Appearance (Foundation)
10:53
Mini Lecture: Too Much Information (Foundation)
03:10
Thought (Foundation)
12:23
Action (Foundation)
07:43
Uniqueness (Advanced)
08:23
Mini Lecture: 5 Surprises (Advanced)
02:52
Flaws (Advanced)
06:27
Mini Lecture: What Needs Fixing (Advanced)
04:38
Change (Advanced)
06:58
+ Foundation Block #2: Dialogue
10 lectures 01:04:25
OPTIONAL: How to Punctuate Your Dialogue
01:11
The Two Types of Dialogue (Foundation)
07:53
Mini Lecture: Zoom In and Zoom Out (Foundation)
04:42
Dialogue Tags (Foundation)
07:43
Subtext (Advanced)
08:07
Dialect (Advanced)
08:50
+ Foundation Block #3: Point of View
9 lectures 01:01:44
Who is Telling the Story? (Foundation)
04:12
Third Person (Foundation)
10:14
Mini Lecture: Two Characters, One Point of View (Foundation)
04:48
First Person (Foundation)
08:28
Multiple First and Third (Advanced)
10:40
Second Person (Advanced)
05:45
Mini Lecture: You Should Listen to Me (Advanced)
04:23
Unreliable Narrator (Advanced)
08:12
Mini Lecture: Trust Me, I'm Lying (Advanced)
05:02
+ Foundation Block #4: Narrative Style
7 lectures 54:52
Tense (Foundation)
08:15
Show AND Tell (Foundation)
11:06
Mini Lecture: Slow it Down! (Foundation)
04:37
Flashbacks (Advanced)
10:08
Mini Lecture: I Remember When (Advanced)
05:06
+ Foundation Block #5: Setting
8 lectures 51:48
Why We Need a Setting (Foundation)
07:26
Familiar Settings (Foundation)
07:48
Mini Lecture: Build a Living Room (Foundation)
05:47
Unfamiliar Settings (Foundation)
07:26
Mini Lecture: Instant Scene! (Foundation)
05:17
Mood, Atmosphere, and Emotion (Advanced)
06:13
Mini Lecture: Singing (or Crying) in the Rain (Advanced)
05:09
Time Period (Advanced)
06:42
+ Foundation Block #6: Plot
5 lectures 35:59
The Story Skeleton (Foundation)
05:47
Act 1: Set Up (Foundation)
05:34
Act 2: Journey and Conflict (Foundation)
11:48
Act 3: Resolution (Foundation)
06:02
Putting it All Together (Foundation)
06:48
+ Final Farewell
3 lectures 04:14
Wrapping Up!
02:58
More Resources for Writers
00:10
BONUS LECTURE: Continue Your Writing Journey (Discounts on other courses!)
01:05