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Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

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Learn the fundamentals of writing engaging fiction in this helpful course taught by an award-winning novelist and instructor at America's top writing school.


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  • 01: Starting the Writing Process
  • 02: Building Fictional Worlds through Evocation
  • 03: How Characters Are Different from People
  • 04: Fictional Characters, Imagined and Observed
  • 05: Call Me Ishmael-Introducing a Character
  • 06: Characters-Round and Flat, Major and Minor
  • 07: The Mechanics of Writing Dialogue
  • 08: Integrating Dialogue into a Narrative
  • 09: And Then-Turning a Story into a Plot
  • 10: Plotting with the Freytag Pyramid
  • 11: Adding Complexity to Plots
  • 12: Structuring a Narrative without a Plot
  • 13: In the Beginning-How to Start a Plot
  • 14: Happily Ever After-How to End a Plot
  • 15: Seeing through Other Eyes-Point of View
  • 16: I, Me, Mine-First-Person Point of View
  • 17: He, She, It-Third-Person Point of View
  • 18: Evoking Setting and Place in Fiction
  • 19: Pacing in Scenes and Narratives
  • 20: Building Scenes
  • 21: Should I Write in Drafts?
  • 22: Revision without Tears
  • 23: Approaches to Researching Fiction
  • 24: Making a Life as a Fiction Writer

Taught by

James Hynes


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