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Novel Writing Workshop

Turn Your Idea Into a Published Novel, Step by Step!

By Writing Academy | in Online Courses

Perhaps you've started already on your novel and have stalled out with “writer's block." Don't worry – we'll help you bust the block and get you writing again. Or you maybe you've finished your manuscript are shocked to find it simply lacks the pizzazz that'll put it on the bestseller list. No problem – author and mentor Steve Alcorn will help you polish your manuscript 'til it shines! This fascinating workshop teaches you how to write a novel in six simple steps. It breaks down novel writing so you can do it successfully.

  • Access 28 lectures & 4 hours of content 24/7
  • Learn the critical difference between a “plot" & a “story" and how to balance the two in your writing
  • Recognize when a character lacks dimension & how to avoid the all-too-common pitfalls of poor character development
  • Understand the “Three Act Structure" & see a graphic demonstration of the “dramatic curve" that underlies virtually all great writings, movies, and even story-telling
  • Discover why professional writers repeat “Scene and Sequel" throughout their novels, & why you should too
  • Use the "Write Big" technique that can turn a flat novel into a sparkling success
  • Create the “collateral material" you need to promote & present your novel to publishers

"This is by far the easiest, most understandable information on writing I've ever heard. It has given me the confidence I need to get through the dreaded ACT II, I am actually excited about continuing and can see the finish line." – Kim

Steve Alcorn | Founder, Writing Academy
Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time, he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.

During the past decade, he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Your First Program
  • Planning Your Novel
    • First Steps - 9:21
    • Plot vs. Story - 8:22
    • Dramatic Elements - 10:25
  • Characters
    • Character Building - 16:13
    • Your Protagonist - 6:46
    • Your Antagonist - 6:15
    • Other Characters - 5:12
  • Story Structure
    • Three Act Structure - 9:13
    • Act One - 8:49
    • Act Two - 7:48
    • Act Three - 13:43
  • Creating Your Manuscript
    • Scene and Sequel - 18:42
    • Conflict - 6:06
    • Suspense - 9:56
    • Mystery - 4:53
    • Pacing - 6:29
    • Viewpoint - 12:08
    • Voice - 7:28
    • Tense - 6:58
    • Setting - 11:06
    • Dialogue - 14:17
    • Beginnings and Edings - 20:26
  • Polishing Your Manuscript
    • Writing Big - 26:13
    • Writing Well - 11:47
  • Selling Your Novel
    • Collateral - 8:02
    • Manuscript Evaluation Checklist - 11:17
    • Getting Published - 19:56
    • Next Steps

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Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop

Turn Your Idea Into a Published Novel in Today's Hottest Genre!

By Writing Academy | in Online Courses

Young Adult Fiction is today's top-selling category. This class shows you how to turn your ideas into a bestselling novel or screenplay that will rival Harry Potter, Hunger Games, or Twilight. This course is for you! Featuring lively discussions between Young Adult Fiction authors Steve and Dani Alcorn, this engaging class gives you all the tools you need to create a bestseller. This class will reveal what makes Young Adult novels today's most exciting genre, and show you how to use the techniques of top-selling authors to create your own finished novel.

  • Access 40 lectures & 8 hours of content 24/7
  • Turn your idea into a young adult novel
  • Discover your dramatic elements
  • Create a premise that sells & develop interesting characters
  • Construct your novel in three acts
  • Explore viewpoint, voice, & tense
  • Polish your manuscript
  • Develop a marketing plan & get published

"If you have an idea for a book, but just can't get it together, this is the class for you."

Steve Alcorn | Founder, Writing Academy
Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time, he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.

During the past decade, he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.


Dani Alcorn | COO, Writing Academy
Dani is a Chicago-based screenwriter and communication designer. She is the author of Structure Your Screenplay: A Screenwriting Masterclass, The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Exploring Young Adult Fiction
    • Welcome to Young Adult Fiction Writing! - 6:18
    • Young Adult Fiction Origins - 10:05
    • What is Young Adult Fiction? - 17:47
    • Young Adult Genres - 14:36
    • Why Write Young Adult Fiction? - 4:08
    • What Makes Young Adult Fiction So Good? - 3:31
    • How to Write Great Young Adult Fiction - 7:36
  • Planning Your Young Adult Project
    • Plot vs. Story - 12:16
    • The Dramatic Elements - 19:45
    • Protagonist - 35:05
    • The Antagonist - 11:00
    • Other Characters - 4:18
  • Structuring Your Young Adult Project
    • Young Adult Fiction Story Patterns - 13:24
    • Three Act Story Structure - 24:30
    • Act 1 - 12:20
    • Act 2 - 8:40
    • Act 3 - 17:44
    • Scene and Sequel - 27:04
  • Writing Your Manuscript
    • Viewpoint - 16:10
    • Voice - 8:23
    • Tense - 12:38
    • Setting - 9:02
    • Beginnings and Endings - 18:07
    • Dialogue - 27:03
    • Conflict - 11:05
    • Suspense - 6:29
    • Mystery - 12:25
  • Polishing Your Manuscript
    • Writing Big - 12:50
    • Writing Well - 16:37
    • Looking at Great Young Adult Fiction - John Green - 9:27
    • Looking at Great Young Adult Fiction - Scott Westerfeld - 7:55
    • Looking at Great Young Adult Fiction - Romance - 9:53
    • Looking at Great Young Adult Fiction - Drama - 17:02
    • Looking at Great Young Adult Fiction - Bestsellers - 14:44
    • Looking at Great Young Adult Fiction - Behind the Scenes - 17:12
  • Getting Published
    • Cover Art - 15:01
    • Manuscript Evaluation Checklist
    • Getting Into Print - 14:15
    • Marketing - 11:53
    • Next Steps - 0:33

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Write Your Life Story

Share Your Biography with Future Generations

By Writing Academy | in Online Courses

Everyone has a story to tell. Don't let yours be lost! Share your life story or the story of family members with future generations. Children and grandchildren cherish the words we pass on to them and will return to them time and again. This course shows you how to create an exciting and engaging biography or autobiography to share with friends, family, and the world. It begins by introducing you to what makes a great biography, then proceed on how to organize and actually write your story. Once your manuscript is finished, you'll learn how to share it with the world.

  • Access 41 lectures & 3 hours of content 24/7
  • Know what makes a great biography
  • Learn how to tailor your story for your audience
  • Choose the approach to organize your story
  • Learn techniques for creating professional writing
  • Go through polishing & publishing your story

"It was nice to have an instructor who wasn't afraid to have fun right along with the students. For me, it created a relaxed environment where even the smallest question never felt out of place or foolish."

Steve Alcorn | Founder, Writing Academy
Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time, he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.

During the past decade, he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Your Life Story
    • Welcome to Write Your Life Story - 9:25
    • Why Write Your Life Story? - 3:49
    • Biography or Autobiography? - 3:31
    • How to Write Your Life Story - 4:13
    • Journals, Blogs, Articles, Recordings, Stories and Novels - 4:34
    • Tailoring Your Story to Your Audience - Themes - 8:44
    • Do's and Dont's - 6:03
  • Structure
    • Fact or Fiction? - 3:51
    • Chronological Organization - 3:28
    • Thematic Organization - 3:49
    • Anecdotal Organization - 3:02
    • Types of Life Stories - 4:47
  • Writing Tools
    • Plot vs. Story - 3:38
    • Story Structure - 11:58
    • Viewpoint and Tense - 6:04
    • Dialogue - 12:47
    • Settings - 5:12
  • Writing Prompts
    • Photos - 5:03
    • Conversations - 3:01
    • Q&A - 2:57
    • Ancestors - 2:24
    • Where Were You When...? - 3:31
    • Childhood - 4:49
    • Toys and Possessions - 4:59
    • Pets - 2:12
    • Growing Up - 3:27
    • Accomplishments - 2:44
    • Spirituality - 2:10
    • Holidays - 3:58
    • Romance - 2:45
    • The Black Moment - 2:44
    • Changes - 4:29
    • Children and Grandchildren - 4:03
  • Your Manuscript
    • Writing Big - 7:53
    • Writing Well - Polishing Your Work - 10:13
    • Illustrations and Covers - 16:38
    • Copyrights and Permissions - 6:02
  • Publishing Your Work
    • Getting Into Print - 8:12
    • E-books - 4:29
    • Marketing - 11:05
    • Next Steps - 1:35

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Adapting Novel to Screenplay

Turn Your Novel Into Hollywood's Next Blockbuster!

By Writing Academy | in Online Courses

Do you have a novel or an idea for a novel that would make a great movie? Has someone asked you to adapt their novel or short story for television or the movies? This course shows you how to create and market a screenplay based on a book. You'll discover how to take that prose and turn it into a script. Screenplays have different requirements from novels. They are more visual, and your characters need to keep active and immersed in conflict. This course will use an actual project to give you real examples of the decisions in adapting a novel to a screenplay.

  • Access 12 lectures & 2 hours of content 24/7
  • Learn the do's & don'ts of screenplays
  • Know how to format your screenplay
  • Develop a pitch, logline, & sypnosis
  • Market your screenplay

"This course grounded me well in the ability to adapt my writing from novel to screenplay. I was quickly able to focus on differences and application of story and scene in the two genres." – Anthony

Steve Alcorn | Founder, Writing Academy
Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time, he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.

During the past decade, he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.


Dani Alcorn | COO, Writing Academy
Dani is a Chicago-based screenwriter and communication designer. She is the author of Structure Your Screenplay: A Screenwriting Masterclass, The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Screenplay Writing Tools
    • Welcome to Adapting Novel to Screenplay - 4:58
    • What is Adaptation? - 7:04
    • Plot vs. Story - 8:59
    • Characters - 20:02
    • Three Act Structure - 13:01
    • Screenplay Format - 6:11
    • Dialogue - 7:57
    • Conflict, Suspense and Mystery - 6:15
  • The Adaptation Process
    • Examining the Novel - 6:53
    • Adapting the Screenplay - 42:58
    • Selling Your Screenplay - 5:21
    • Next Steps - 0:48

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Writing for Children

Everything You Need to Create a Bestselling Picture Book, Storybook, Middle Reader, or Young Adult Novel

By Writing Academy | in Online Courses

Children's books are fun to read and delightful to write. Share yours with a child, grandchild, or the public, by discovering the way to write compelling children's literature in the exciting, hands-on course. You'll discover the joys of all different children's genres. The course introduces you to great fiction and nonfiction children's books for all ages. Whether this is your first children's book or you're an experienced author looking for new techniques, Writing for Children has what you need to get your idea published.

  • Access 15 lectures & 2 hours of content 24/7
  • Know what makes great children's literature
  • Understand the difference between story & plot
  • Learn the dramatic elements for great fiction
  • Know some tips for polishing your work
  • Capitalize on the lucrative world of self-publishing

"It was nice to have an instructor who wasn't afraid to have fun right along with the students. For me, it created a relaxed environment where even the smallest question never felt out of place or foolish."

Steve Alcorn | Founder, Writing Academy
Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time, he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.

During the past decade, he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Exploring Children's Literature
    • Introduction - 17:23
    • Picture Books - 15:35
    • Emergent Readers - 8:54
    • First Chapter Books - 7:28
    • Middle-Grade Readers - 9:14
    • Young Adult - 8:49
    • Nonfiction - 14:06
  • Writing Your Own Children's Book
    • Plot vs. Story - 4:42
    • Story Patterns - 16:57
    • Dramatic Elements in Children's Literature - 17:04
    • Editing - 12:58
  • Getting Into Print
    • Finding a Publisher - 9:17
    • Self-Publishing - 8:27
    • The Business of Writing - 13:29
    • Next Steps - 2:18

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Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy

Create Your Own Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel/Screenplay

By Writing Academy | in Online Courses

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy gives you lifetime access to 50 info-packed video lectures. This is a lively and enjoyable course in which you will learn the ins-and-outs of not just the writing craft but the business, too. You'll learn how to bring it to life using story structure. You'll create your characters, and structure their story in three acts. It's a proven way to make sure your audience is engaged from page one. By the end of this course, you'll learn techniques for creating great science fiction and fantasy.

  • Access 50 lectures & 7 hours of content 24/7
  • Make great science fictions & fantasy
  • Discover different ways to handle space flight, time travel, telepathy, and magic, & then use them to best effect
  • Learn the crucial difference between story & plot
  • Discover why professional writers repeat “Scene and Sequel" throughout their stories, &d why you should too
  • Know some editing secrets that help you use the right words & language, and cut out the wrong ones
  • Discover how to actually sell your manuscript

"Very good summary of the steps involved in planning and plotting a science fiction novel. The section on plotting was particularly helpful." – Debora

Steve Alcorn | Founder, Writing Academy
Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time, he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.

During the past decade, he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.


Dani Alcorn | COO, Writing Academy
Dani is a Chicago-based screenwriter and communication designer. She is the author of Structure Your Screenplay: A Screenwriting Masterclass, The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Introducing Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • o1 Course Overview - 4:08
    • 02 What is Science Fiction and Fantasy? - 2:50
    • 03 Why Write Science Fiction and Fantasy? - 2:50
    • 04 Fantasy Origins - 2:47
    • 05 Science Fiction Origins - 10:05
    • 06 Fantasy Authors - 5:04
    • 07 Science Fiction Authors - 6:06
    • 08 What Makes Great Science Fiction and Fantasy? - 4:21
    • 09 Fantasy Genres - 4:51
    • 10 Science Fiction Genres - 14:55
    • 11 Young Adult and Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy - 9:15
  • World Building
    • 12 Plot vs, Story - 12:13
    • 13 Space Travel - 15:40
    • 14 Time Travel - 16:34
    • 15 Psy Powers - 4:58
    • 16 Magic - 12:44
    • 17 World Building - 28:22
  • Story Structure
    • 18 Character Building - 10:29
    • 19 Your Protagonist - 13:57
    • 20 Your Antagonist - 7:14
    • 21 Other Characters - 7:32
    • 22 Dramatic Elements - 10:04
    • 23 Story Structure - 11:30
    • 24 Act 1 - 13:00
    • 25 Act 2 - 10:44
    • 26 Act 3 - 13:18
    • 27 Scene and Sequel - 11:03
  • The Writing Process
    • 28 Conflict - 5:57
    • 29 Suspense - 6:07
    • 30 Mystery - 4:14
    • 31 Pacing - 5:23
    • 32 Viewpoint - 8:35
    • 33 Voice - 10:09
    • 34 Tense - 4:59
    • 35 Setting - 13:40
    • 36 Dialogue - 15:00
    • 37 Beginnings and Endings - 8:42
    • 38 Writing Big - 9:41
    • 39 Writing Well - 6:50
    • 40 Manuscript Evaluation - 9:56
  • Analyzing Great Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • 41 Analyzing Great Science Fiction and Fantasy - Time Travel - 4:56
    • 42 Analyzing Great Science Fiction and Fantasy - Multiple Worlds - 7:29
    • 43 Analyzing Great Science Fiction and Fantasy - Alternate Realities - 7:10
    • 44 Analyzing Great Science Fiction and Fantasy - The Future - 5:17
  • Getting Published
    • 45 Marketing Collateral - 4:50
    • 46 Traditional Publishing - 10:43
    • 47 Self-Publishing - 6:01
    • 48 Cover Art - 8:18
    • 49 Marketing - 11:39
    • 50 Next Steps - 1:34

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Mystery Writing Workshop

Jumpstart Your Career as a Professional Mystery Writer, Step by Step

By Writing Academy | in Online Courses

In this lively and fun course, author and mentor Steve Alcorn and screenwriter Dani Alcorn show you how to achieve success. During the past decades, they've helped more than 30,000 aspiring writers structure their stories, and many are now in print. You can be next! They'll help you to bring it to life using story structure. You'll create your characters, and structure their story in three acts. It's a proven way to make sure your audience is engaged from page one. Write your own mystery novel or screenplay in 6 simple steps.

  • Access 48 lectures & 6 hours of content 24/7
  • Learn what makes great mysteries
  • Plan the perfect crime & scatter clues for your detectives and readers
  • Discover the four Dramatic Elements that make every great story sizzle
  • Keep your readers' suspense high without overdoing it
  • Turn a flat novel into a sparkling success
  • Create the “collateral material" you need to promote & present your novel to publishers

"I took this course to get help, and I am truly impressed by the amount of information presented. I do not need to take a 4-year course on Creative Writing." – Michelle Apolo

Steve Alcorn | Founder, Writing Academy
Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time, he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.

During the past decade, he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.


Dani Alcorn | COO, Writing Academy
Dani is a Chicago-based screenwriter and communication designer. She is the author of Structure Your Screenplay: A Screenwriting Masterclass, The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Introducing Mysteries
    • Introduction - 5:18
    • What is a Mystery? - 9:07
    • MICE - 17:22
    • Why Write Mysteries? - 7:36
    • Mystery Origins - 10:18
    • Mystery Genres - 9:03
  • Story Structure
    • Character Building - 17:28
    • Your Protagonist - 17:33
    • Your Antagonist - 7:14
    • Your Victim - 6:46
    • Other Characters - 7:41
    • Plot vs. Story - 7:58
    • Dramatic Elements - 13:24
    • Story Structure - 5:08
    • Act 1 - 7:58
    • Act 2 - 10:29
    • Act 3 - 18:35
  • Plotting a Mystery
    • Plotting a Mystery - 1:50
    • Creating a Crime Scene - 5:23
    • Recreating the Crime - 4:49
    • The Victim or Suspect's Environment - 7:30
    • Interviewing Witnesses and Suspects - 5:18
    • The MacGuffin - 2:57
    • The Criminal Appears - 3:13
    • Interview with the Criminal - 3:37
    • The Criminal Becomes a Suspect - 3:50
    • The Detective’s Reward - 5:15
  • The Writing Process
    • Scene and Sequel - 11:36
    • Outline - 10:29
    • Viewpoint - 14:52
    • Tense - 5:55
    • Mystery Techniques - 4:21
    • Conflict - 5:49
    • Suspense - 7:17
    • Pacing - 4:06
    • Voice - 3:29
    • Setting - 9:29
    • Dialogue - 9:35
    • Beginnings and Endings - 5:59
    • Writing Big - 7:57
    • Writing Well - 9:21
    • Manuscript Evaluation - 7:58
  • Getting Published
    • Marketing Collateral - 8:41
    • Traditional Publishing - 6:52
    • Self-Publishing - 4:05
    • Cover Art - 9:06
    • Marketing - 8:31
    • Next Steps - 1:38

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Romance Writing Workshop

All the Knowledge, Skills & Tools You Need to Write Romance Novels & Subplots

By Writing Academy | in Online Courses

Whether you dream of writing romance novels or want to improve a romantic subplot, this course will give you the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to make that dream a reality. From the most common subgenres to hitting romantic plots, this course gives you the tools you’ll need to plan, write, polish, and publish your romance novel.

  • Access 48 lectures & 5 hours of content 24/7
  • Learn about the most common sub-genres, tropes, & formats to determine what category your idea fits within
  • Craft a compelling three-act arc for your protagonists
  • Use an industry professional's beat sheet to develop a sizzling & satisfying romance between your characters
  • Look under the hood of three best-selling romance novels & analyze them structurally
  • Practice the skills you need to write your manuscript and bring your idea to life
  • Take the next step & pursue traditional or self-publishing

"This workshop was more comprehensive and helpful than the four years I spent in college as an English/Writing major. The value of this class is literally equivalent to all my student loans." – Jason

Dani Alcorn | COO, Writing Academy
Dani is a Chicago-based screenwriter and communication designer. She is the author of Structure Your Screenplay: A Screenwriting Masterclass, The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

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Screenwriting Workshop

Turn Your Idea Into a Screenplay Worthy of Being Hollywood's Next Hit

By Writing Academy | in Online Courses

Do you have a great idea for a movie and want to turn it into a screenplay? Have you already started a screenplay and gotten stuck? Have you finished a screenplay but feel it needs polish? Screenwriting Workshop shows you how to accomplish all of these things and helps you market your work and get it onto the big screen. In these fun and lively lessons, Dani Alcorn guides you on the path to success. You'll learn how to create and polish a screenplay step by step.

  • Access 51 lectures & 6 hours of content 24/7
  • Turn your idea into a screenplay
  • Create a pitch that sells
  • Polish your screenplay
  • Develop a marketing plan
  • Get your screenplay produced

"It was nice to have an instructor who wasn't afraid to have fun right along with the students. For me, it created a relaxed environment where even the smallest question never felt out of place or foolish."

Dani Alcorn | COO, Writing Academy
Dani is a Chicago-based screenwriter and communication designer. She is the author of Structure Your Screenplay: A Screenwriting Masterclass, The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Exploring Modern Screenwriting
    • Welcome to Screenwriting Workshop! - 8:11
    • Why Write Screenplays? - 5:01
    • Top Grossing Genres - 3:57
    • Award Winners - 5:19
    • Movies vs. Television - 9:44
    • A Quick History of TV and Movies - 9:15
  • Planning Your Screenplay
    • Getting Ideas - 9:59
    • Elements of a Good Tale: Plot vs. Story - 4:48
    • Creating Compelling Characters - 3:44
    • Protagonists - 9:13
    • Antagonists - 8:42
    • Supporting Characters - 11:25
    • Archetypes - 17:02
    • The Hero's Journey - 22:10
    • Theme: What is This Movie Really About? - 4:49
  • Structuring Your Screenplay
    • Loglines and Pitches - 8:14
    • Synopses - 7:21
    • Introduction to Structure - 5:43
    • Four Act Structure - 17:50
    • Three Act Structure - 5:59
    • Act 1 - 9:24
    • Act 2 - 6:29
    • Act 3 - 6:36
    • Beginnings and Endings - 14:33
    • Scenes - 17:33
    • Treatments and Outlines - 11:01
  • Writing Your Screenplay
    • A Word About Screenwriting Software - 3:42
    • How to Format a Screenplay - 11:58
    • Formatting Specifics - 7:01
    • Using Celtx - 10:14
    • Great Screenwriting: What Belongs and What Doesn't - 9:33
    • Writing Great Dialogue - 7:15
    • Writing Great Action and Descriptions - 12:09
    • Writing Great Character Introductions - 4:10
    • Pacing - 8:06
    • Tips for Completing Your Screenplay - 5:15
  • Polishing Your Screenplay
    • The Importance of Workshops - 12:18
    • Rewrites - 19:06
    • Revisiting the Logline and Pitch - 5:22
  • Film Analyses
    • Introduction to Film Analysis - 2:12
    • Drama: The Shawshank Redemption - 4:23
    • Thriller: The Silence of the Lambs - 5:20
    • Family: The Lion King - 3:26
    • Romantic Comedy: You've Got Mail - 3:26
    • Romantic Comedy: TiMER
    • Superhero: Spiderman (2002) - 3:41
    • Sci Fi: Gravity
    • Sci Fi: The Fifth Element - 4:57
  • Getting Your Screenplay Noticed
    • How to Get Your Screenplay Out there - 11:58
    • Online Resources for Screenwriters - 7:29
    • The Grand Finale - 1:41

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38

Non-Fiction Writing Workshop

Play, Write, & Publish Your Own Best-Seller by Following Simple Steps

By Writing Academy | in Online Courses

More than 75% of all books published are non-fiction. Publishers and readers are actively looking for new non-fiction titles, and they have a long shelf life, often selling well for decades. That means it's far easier to get non-fiction published and to make money from it. This workshop shows you how to select the right category and topic for your book, how to organize and write it, and how to get it published. Step by step instructions and clear explanations make it easy for you to get into print and start your career as a successful non-fiction author!

  • Access 38 lectures & 4 hours of content 24/7
  • Select the right category & topic for your book
  • Turn your idea into a non-fiction book
  • Polish your manuscript
  • Develop a marketing plan & get published

"As they do in other classes, Dani and Steve present a lot of informative material in an engaging, yet succinct, fashion." – Kyle

Steve Alcorn | Founder, Writing Academy
Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time, he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.

During the past decade, he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.



Dani Alcorn | COO, Writing Academy
Dani is a Chicago-based screenwriter and communication designer. She is the author of Structure Your Screenplay: A Screenwriting Masterclass, The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • Part 1 - Planning
    • Introduction - 5:24
    • What is Non-Fiction? - 4:49
    • Types of Non-Fiction - 3:39
    • Forms of Non Fiction - 3:39
    • Technical, Academic and Reference - 9:16
    • Topic Driven - 11:07
    • Self Help - 6:52
    • Short Forms - 4:35
    • Criticism - 5:56
    • Personal and Individual - 7:19
    • Non-Fiction for Children - 9:48
    • Your Audience - 5:22
    • Non-Fiction Organization - 6:27
    • Subjects - 4:05
    • Narrative Non-Fiction - 11:28
    • Putting Yourself Into Your Work - 5:08
    • Legal Issues - 5:49
    • Research - 7:56
    • Our Favorites - 7:02
  • Part 2 - Writing
    • Organizing Your Writing - 3:06
    • Plot vs. Story - 4:35
    • Story Patterns - 6:52
    • Characters - 10:25
    • Three Act Structure - 4:32
    • Story Structuring Checkpoints - 16:19
    • Framing Non-Fiction - 7:10
    • Scenes - 12:13
    • Settings and Descriptions - 5:50
    • Viewpoint and Tense - 10:41
    • Dialogue - 7:44
    • Active Verbs and More - 6:07
    • Your Manuscript - 7:42
    • The Writing Process - 8:28
    • Editing - 11:18
    • Final Checks - 10:49
  • Part 3 - Publishing
    • Traditional Publishing - 8:16
    • Self-Publishing - 7:07
    • Next Steps - 0:29

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19

Publish Your Book Now!

Get Your Book on Amazon & Kindle by the End of the Day

By Writing Academy | in Online Courses

Now every author can get published and make the profits that used to be reserved for only the largest publishing houses. This course shows you how to publish your book in paperback, e-book, and audiobook formats. It steps you through the process of formatting, creating a cover, and getting into print. Using these techniques your book can be on Amazon and Kindle in just hours, and it won't cost you a cent!

  • Access 19 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7
  • Publish your book as a paperback & ebook
  • Format your manuscript
  • Create a cover the easy way
  • Learn about copyrights & ISBN numbers
  • Get your book on Amazon
  • Create a Kindle e-book
Steve Alcorn | Founder, Writing Academy
Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time, he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.

During the past decade, he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.


Dani Alcorn | COO, Writing Academy
Dani is a Chicago-based screenwriter and communication designer. She is the author of Structure Your Screenplay: A Screenwriting Masterclass, The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: desktop & mobile
  • Certificate of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Updates included
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • Any device with basic specifications

Course Outline

  • GETTING STARTED IN PUBLISHING
    • Publish Your Book Now! - 1:55
    • Who Buys Your Book? - 5:38
    • Where to Sell Your Book - 7:58
    • Five Publishing Methods Compared - 8:17
  • PUBLISHING WITH KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING
    • Exploring Kindle Direct Publishing - 1:21
    • Creating an Account - 1:53
    • Begin Publishing: Book Details - 6:20
    • Upload Your Book Content - 7:40
    • Design Your Cover - 12:51
    • Preview Your Book - 3:13
    • Price Your Book - 4:56
  • PUBLISHING WITH KINDLE DIRECT
    • Publishing Your Book as a Kindle E-Book - 10:26
  • PUBLISHING WITH AUDIBLE
    • Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) - 5:34
    • Using Audacity - 6:01
    • Audiobook Creation Guidelines - 7:33
  • SALES AND MARKETING
    • Where and How to Sell Your Book - 5:41
    • Marketing Your Book - 4:50
    • Financial Reports - 2:15
    • Next Steps - 1:31

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