Fiction Writing Certificate
Session 1: Characterâ€”More than a Name Characters are the heart and soul of any novel. Discover how to create strong, three-dimensional characters from the ground up. Develop a character bio and see your characters come to life on the page. There was never a great book without great characters.
Session 2: Settingâ€”As Story The place, where you set your story, can be as powerful as the story itself. Find out how to make your settings sparkle with realism even if you have made up the town. Everyone knows about New York, but did they know that the Underground Railroad had stops in Downtown Brooklyn? Discover how to incorporate exciting elements of setting to spice up your novel, and how to be sure that your information is accurate even if youâ€™ve lived in the neighborhood all of your life. Do you know if Sixth Avenue goes uptown or down? Where is the Guggenheim Museum?
Session 3: Plotâ€”Itâ€™s Elemental Plot is the foundation of your story. Without plot your words will dance around on the page aimlessly. Even your wonderful characters cannot save a lackluster plot. Learn how to manipulate the elements of plot from point of view, foreshadowing, internal and external conflict, climax, where and how to begin, and so much more.
Session 4: Now what? What do I do when Iâ€™m done? Learn the ins and outs of the next steps when your novel is finished. Finding an editor, an agent; self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, using social media to build your fan base and so much more. (8hrs)
Textbook not required
Instructor: Donna Hill, Professor and Author. More about Donna Hill at www.centerforblackliterature.org
Oct 1-Oct 29
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 8 hours
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Yes