Read Worthy Fiction
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Read Worthy Fiction

12 Weeks to Your Novel's 1st Draft
4.9 (16 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
183 students enrolled
Created by Harry Dewulf
Last updated 2/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 75 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Be able to apply the basic principles of novel writing
  • Start writing that novel
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  • You need to know some basic fiction writing terms like plot, character, etc
  • You need some knowledge of the basic terms of English grammar, like the names of parts of speech.

Learn to write a novel by writing a novel!

Read Worthy Fiction is for everyone; the only thing you need is the desire to write a book.

It's designed to be run over 12 weeks, so you’ll dedicate a mere 30 minutes a day to your book, and you’ll write 500 new words in that time. That’s a medium-sized email – anyone can do it.

Over 12 weeks you will acquire knowledge, tips and key insights into creative writing. Once you have completed the course, you will have learned everything you need to know to write your first novel, and you will have written your first novel.

Whether you have never written a story before, or you've already written and published several, this course will provide you with a solid foundation on which to build your writing career.

Who is the target audience?
  • People who have never written a novel but know they want to
  • People who have written their first novel and want to know if it's any good
  • People who have written (and even published) a few novels but want to consolidate their groundwork
Compare to Other Fiction Writing Courses
Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
Week 0 - The Whole Story
2 Lectures 13:29

Introduction to Read Worthy Fiction. Who I am and why I made this course.

Preview 06:58

How the course works, and what you will learn. What will be expected of you and how to prepare.

Preview 06:31
Week 1 - Hero & Threat
2 Lectures 16:27

How to make creative writing possible for you. Creating the right write environment and state of mind.

Are You Sitting Comfortably

The decisions you have to make before you start writing. How to write a killer first chapter. What the first chapter has to achieve.

The Promise
Week 2 - Spur to Action
2 Lectures 16:17

Creating the world of the story. Placing character and event in the story world.

Landscape and Landscaping

How to make things happen. How to understand, think about, create and organize events in a story.

Broadening the Horizon
Week 3 - Confrontations
2 Lectures 13:59

What are characters? And what are they really for?

Looking In

Introducing new characters without breaking the flow or the immersion. Confrontations.

Week 4 - Escalation
2 Lectures 11:49

Events and their triggers. How the nature of events changes as the story progresses.

Obstacles and Detours

Raise the temperature, raise the stakes. Creating and managing tension and suspense.

Forks and Knives
Week 5 - Plans and Pivots
2 Lectures 11:48

Author's unconscious: what matters to you: message and theme.


Pivotal point. Characters take control. The reader goes from discovery to anticipation.

Week 6 - Pause for Breath
2 Lectures 14:33

The importance of taking time out to think. The importance of practicing telling a story. A sort of intermission.

Looking Back

The fine art of narrative convenience. Judicious use of details to enrich the world and the experience without intruding in the readers's immersion.

Found Objects
Week 7 - Awry
2 Lectures 11:29

The importance of accident, error, flaws and the unforseable.


The How To and the How Not To of narrative flow: chronology, foreshadowing and flashback.

Stepping Stones
Week 8 - The Dark Night
2 Lectures 14:06

The necessity of change for characters; gaining self-knowledge, getting lost, making discoveries, learning.

Getting Lost

The difference between show and tell; why both are good when they're good.

Week 9 - Depth
2 Lectures 11:49

What plot is. Why we talk about it. When to do it. When to sit back, steeple your fingers and slowly say, "interesting..."

Ball of Yarn

The two approaches to creating a story, and their synthesis. How this is not plotting (or 'pantsing').

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About the Instructor
Harry Dewulf
4.5 Average rating
39 Reviews
248 Students
6 Courses
Literary Editor and Story Development Expert.

I've spent the last 10 years working with authors to get their books ready for publication, and then getting them published in the new e-book/e-reader/print-on-demand market. Some of my authors have gone on to get publishing contracts, and others are both traditionally and self published, including multi-award-winner Kary English.

My regular clients rely on me to understand and stimulate their creative process. We work together from development of the first story idea , through the drafting, redrafting and editing, right up to packaging and book launch; or they call me in at whatever stage they need me.