Best Fiction Writing Courses

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Secret Sauce of Great Writing

Ex-Wall Street Journal Editor Teaches How To Make Your Blogs, Books & Business Writing Sparkle

Created by Shani Raja - Ex-Wall Street Journal editor


Students: 188736, Price: Free

Students: 188736, Price:  Free

SECRET SAUCE OF GREAT WRITING IS ONE OF UDEMY'S MOST POPULAR FREE COURSES with more than 100,000 students and thousands of 5-star reviews.

"A little gem of a course..." -- FRANS DU PLESSISUDEMY STUDENT

"Maximum learning in minimum time..." -- RAMIN ASSEMI, UDEMY STUDENT

"I watched your whole course and was in AWE the whole time... your words are profound..." -- GOLDIE LOPEZ, UDEMY STUDENT

"Power insights I will never forget..." -- REV. STEVE WRIGHT, UDEMY STUDENT

"A masterclass... signed up to "Writing With Flair" immediately..." -- RICHARD GIBBS, UDEMY STUDENT

"Liberating. Everything finally makes sense..." -- HAZEL R. M. JERVOSO

Do you dream of leaving your office job and making your mark on the world by writing a wildly popular book or creating a magnificent blog read by thousands—if not millions—of people?

Do you wish you were able to write business reports, sales emails, website copy, cover letters or college essays with supreme confidence?

Imagine, then, what it would be like if you could write with the style and flair of journalists on top newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and The Economist.

Welcome to the brand new second edition of Secret Sauce Of Great Writing, a program that will show you how it's possible to upgrade your business writing, blog writing and copywriting skills to that level extremely fast. 

The course is taught by Shani Raja, author of the bestselling Udemy course Writing With Flair: How To Become An Exceptional Writer and a former Wall Street Journal senior editor and writing coach, as well as an ex-contributor to The Economist, the FT, Dow Jones and Bloomberg News

In this course, Shani will introduce you to the fundamental four ingredients of exceptional writing:

  1. Simplicity

  2. Clarity

  3. Elegance

  4. Evocativeness

In as little as an hour, you'll know exactly how to apply this "secret sauce" to your own writing—putting you way ahead of other writers in your profession or industry.

"Outstanding course from the get go..." — Rudyard von, Udemy student

"A genuine recipe to produce attention-grabbing writing..."  Hassan Masood, Udemy student

"Revolutionary..." — Marie-Rose Davis, Udemy student

"Impressive..." — Cornelia M. Lorenzo, Udemy student

"Priceless..."  — Alimaa Batchuluun, Udemy student

The secret sauce

The first three ingredients in the secret sauce—simplicity, clarity and elegance—respectively make your writing punchy, crisp and graceful.

Evocativeness is the fourth quality that makes your prose stimulating.

When you put those four ingredients together in a piece of writing, it will become truly outstanding. 

In fact, it's the exact formula Shani has used for many years to edit articles devoured regularly by millions of people worldwide.

Perhaps you've always felt your writing was too weak to get noticed or make an impact. Maybe you've struggled to figure out how to improve it, or even to know where to begin.

Don't worry.

This course will reveal the writing tactics of world-class editors in a well structured and easy-to-follow format.

You'll find that as soon as you incorporate those four ingredients (simplicity, clarity, elegance and evocativeness) into your writing, you'll see a seismic shift in the impact of your words and sentences.

"Goes beyond the bland lessons of early education by adding flavor and life to your prose..." — Billy Williams, Udemy student

"Excellent advice and interaction kept me glued to this course..." — John Faherty, Udemy student

"Really gives you the ability to see how your writing could improve..." — Cameron M. Kreider, Udemy student

"Shattered my opinion about good writing..." — Bilal Ahmad,  Udemy student

"Thank you for enlightening us..." — Tanpreet Kaur Narula, Udemy student

"Makes you feel comfortable and excited about writing..." — Travis Fry, Udemy student

"Helped me to see exactly what I needed..." — Shalecia Tatiana Wallace, Udemy student 

How many job interviews might you have lost because your cover letters and resume didn't hit home?

How many customers might you have turned off because the words on your website were too dull and uninspiring to read?

How many books or blog posts have you quit writing, or put off, because you couldn't figure out why your sentences and words lacked the power to captivate a reader?

You'll find the answers to such questions in this course, your first glimpse into the wondrous world of elite writing.

Not tips, but a writing system

This entry-level writing course doesn't focus on the technical aspects of writing, such as grammar rules.

Rather, it reveals the powerful key principles that will enable you quickly to design more stylish prose.

Nor will you get a bunch of fragmented writing "tips" you could pick up anywhere on the internet.

This is an all-encompassing writing system that will change forever the way you think about and approach the craft.

Your essays, cover letters, press releases, marketing copy and sales emails—not to mention books and blog posts—will never look the same again. 

"Most great teachers can't write, and most great writers can't teach. Shani Raja is one of the few who excels at both. I managed dozens of reporters and editors during my 12-year career at Bloomberg News. Now he's the person I go to when I want help with my writing." NICOLAS JOHNSON, FORMER BLOOMBERG AND GLOBE AND MAIL EDITOR.

"As a young reporter my prose might have been robotic and jargon-laden if not for Shani's watchful eye and attention to the elusive human interest behind ostensibly technical stories. Beyond the standard (yet crucial) reporting skills—like accuracy, clarity and integrity—I also learned refinement, how to withstand impulses toward glibness and cynicism that can naturally set in when oft revisiting the same beat. Shani will teach you how to write well, and with grace." HAWA ALLAN, JOURNALIST AND FICTION WRITER.

Make Your Writing Stand Out in Eight Easy Steps

Master brilliant writing and beat your competition with a research-based system designed by a professional writing coach

Created by Rachel Leroy BA, MA, MFA - Writing & Book Coach, University Professor, & Healing Coach


Students: 68828, Price: Free

Students: 68828, Price:  Free

Average Student Review--4+ Stars

20,000+ Students and growing.

**Instructor with 30,000+ students, seven courses on Udemy, and hundreds of reviews

  What Udemy students say about the course:

  • by Faisal Qamar, Indeed Well structured and Updated Course...The instructor Rachel Leroy is well prepared and aware about common mistake which novice like me can easily caught in and lose the marks. Eights step are really important to gain high score in writing. She fully engage the student and prevent you from getting bore during Lectures. The course help you achieve your goals for instance in my case the course help me to point out the major and minor mistake I've done in my Final Dissertation writing. Last but not least the video and audio quality is very good. Great contents especially Recommend for Non-Native speaker...

  • by Whojr01, HIDDEN GEM of a COURSE!I can't believe this course is free! This is a great course to improve your writing as it gives you a firm understanding of how to write. It begins with a simple understanding of words, sentences and paragraphs and ends with purpose and habits you can build on. This ONE free condensed version of her other more expanded class gives you a firm understanding of how to write so people can understand your ideas. When you're through you WILL want to take the parent course based on your improvements. IT's well worth it!

  • by Francisca Roele, Great start for beginners. It's the light version of Become a professional Writer, but it covers plenty to keep the beginning writer busy for a while. I liked it so much I bought the full course.

What This Course Does 

              Want to learn the fundamentals of clean writing style, but short on time? This course will give you the basics without investing much time. 

                  Want to make money writing, beat your competition, and stand out from the crowd?  Learn to make your writing sizzle and pop. By taking this course and applying the lectures, you will get the results you want by standing out from the competition, because--let's face it--good writing is essential for success in every area of life: 

  • sell that manuscript

  • get that job or promotion

  • win the writing competition

  • attract customers

  • increase conversions

  • make a sell

  • get the A

  • win over the lover or opponent

  • persuade anyone in a logical argument

  • build credibility in the profession

  • create personal satisfaction

  • make more money

                  Whether you are writing copy, building a website, making a resume or cover letter, writing a blog or proposal, selling work to magazines and publishers, self-publishing, composing a love letter, settling a dispute, writing a school paper, or earning your stripes, clean writing skills will get you there much faster. 

                  If you apply this fundamental and professionally engineered writing system, your writing will get the attention you deserve. 

                  Benefit from 18 lectures and 1 1/2 hours of interactive instruction, examples, and exercises immediately. 

  Why This Course Was Created 

              You asked for it--so here it is--a light version of the popular Udemy course Writing Masterclass.  This course, Beginner's Guide: Eight Steps to Sterling Prose is the Brief Edition,  its mini-me. This course gives you the opportunity to improve your writing style at no risk to you. It gives you handy strategies to make your writing stand out right away. If you like what you see here, sign up for the full  version to go more in-depth and make your prose shine. 

  Who Created This Course   

              This course is designed and taught by a university writing professor and published author with extensive training in writing. This experience includes thirteen years coaching thousands of students like you on the fundamental and habits of effective writing style with powerful results and consistently high teaching evaluations. I will coach you through the basic version of this professionally designed workshop. If you want a brief course to help you build sterling prose, you've come to the right place! 

  What Is Unique About This Course 

                  Tips requires daily practice for them to accomplish results. That is why this course includes habits and attitudes in addition to style strategies. This course briefly covers the fundamentals of style, and it covers important habits and attitudes of effective writing. 

                  In just a few days, you can also practice habits and attitudes that will help you get the most out of these tips. Daily practices will give you lasting success at beating your competition. 

            This course uses an academically researched and time-tested approach called "Bloom's Taxonomy," a model of learning that has years of proven results. The course design is a carefully built system of scaffolding, building skill sets in an interrelated sequence. 

                  Also, unlike a book, this course is personalized and interactive, which produces lasting results as you follow the exercises and suggestions on a real piece of writing, and you can come back to the course at any time! You also have access to the instructor via Udemy email and questions are always welcome. I love to help, so please email me your questions! 

                  Who Can Benefit From This Course 

                  This course is designed for those who want to learn the craft, need a thorough review on writing style, or want to tighten their prose. As stated above, if you want a brief course on writing style that makes your writing pop, then sign up for this course. If you want to stop experiencing rejection slips, no conversions, slow or no sales, and professional mediocrity, sign up for this course today. Get started making your writing stand out and change your life! 

            Everyone can benefit from this course, but particularly beginning and intermediate writers in the follow fields, as well advanced writers who need a concise review of the fundamentals: 

  • bloggers

  • business writers

  • people who write for profit

  • journalists

  • creative writers

  • academic writers

  • students

  • new writers

  • lifetime learners

  • copywriters

                  How This Course Is Designed 

                  The course is broken down into four sections, each section containing two strategies to help you improve your writing style, approach, and habits. Each section is an abbreviated version of Becoming a Professional Writer. These strategies will help you improve clarity, flow, presentation, and results in your writing. The ultimate outcome and goal is writing that stands out and sells. 

      The version of the course includes the basics of each strategy. 

                  Each strategy contains a slideshow and a synchronized video lecture that elaborates on each slideshow. Each strategy includes the following: 

  1. The strategy in a nutshell.

  2. An explanation that elaborates on and clarifies each strategy and best practices.

  3. Examples to explain the strategy in practice.

  4. Exercises at the end of each strategy will test your knowledge, put the strategy into practice now, and facilitate lasting changes in your writing.

                  By the end of the course you will know how to do the following: 

                  Words and Sentences 

  • Build better clarity, flow, and conciseness in sentences through better word economy.

  • Improve tone and structure through activated sentences.

                  Structures and Paragraphs 

  • Increase the effect of each sentence through optimized word order.

  • Grab your reader's attention and keep it throughout the piece.

                  Purpose and Presentation 

  • Set clear goals and build unity in a writing piece to persuade your reader.

  • Build credibility and achieve desired results for writing that sells.

                  Attitudes and Habits 

  • Practice effective attitudes that will maximize results and improve your efficiency. And these attitudes will make the process funner!

  • Create healthy writing habits that will increase productivity, improve results, and increase your chances of success.

                  Each category includes a concise skill set to help you sharpen your style and craft. Enroll in this course now to get started on writing with quality that sells. The longer course goes more in depth and includes more extensive techniques elaborated on the ones here. 

                  If you sign up for this course today, you will write sterling prose in a few short days. 

Starting to write

Be a more creative you. Take small steps and start writing today.

Created by Louise Tondeur - Writer and teacher


Students: 38298, Price: Free

Students: 38298, Price:  Free

This beginners course in Creative Writing will teach you that you don't need to have a 'big idea' to start writing, and will give you proven strategies and practical techniques so that you can start writing straight away. You'll create word sketches and sense impressions, and take your writing out with you so you can write on location. You'll learn the secrets that all practising writers know, and why you should try to make your first drafts as imperfect as possible. I'll also give you some next steps so you can take things further when you're ready. 

Essay Essentials: Improve Your Academic Writing

Achieve academic essay success by learning and practicing essential writing skills in this step by step course

Created by Andrew Sippie - English Composition Teacher, Tutor, and Learning Specialist


Students: 36862, Price: Free

Students: 36862, Price:  Free

Writing essays can be intimidating. Often, this is because we don't know what the teacher wants. As a teacher, I understand what that is. Using my experience teaching and tutoring essay writing at various colleges and remembering my experience as a student, I'll help you find the essay writing success you deserve through learning the foundations of essay writing.

Write successful essays by learning:

  • How to use classroom resources
  • The Writing Situation
  • The Writing Process
  • How to Revise effectively
  • Easy Editing Tips

Learn how to develop and organize:

  • Brainstorms
  • Introduction Paragraphs
  • Body Paragraphs
  • Conclusion Paragraphs 
  • The Entire Essay

...Using color-coated examples that show every step

Practice and Use your writing knowledge with: 

  • 5 quizzes
  • 3 writing activities
  • A downloadable essay example guide 

The Foundations of Fiction (Writing Mastery)

Become a creative writing master and write killer novels, memoirs, or short stories

Created by Jessica Brody - International Bestselling Author and Writing Teacher


Students: 26685, Price: $99.99

Students: 26685, Price:  Paid

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!


"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


"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

Write a Book! Creative Writing Skills for Beginner Writers

Write a novel or non-fiction book. Creative writing skills for beginners. Writers write by writing! World Building!

Created by Brian Jackson - Author, Publisher and Educator


Students: 23841, Price: $19.99

Students: 23841, Price:  Paid

Tell Your Story Today... 

Isn't it time you finally told the story inside your heart?  Within this course, I will explain how to organize and begin writing a short story, novella, novel or non-fiction book.  The concepts are similar for each form.  The number of balls you need to keep in the air and for how long are the only things that differ. 

  If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.
  -- Lord Byron 

Learn the Components of Successful Storytelling... 

Plot, character, and place.  Learn how to juggle them all like a professional.  Learn how to discipline yourself to put the first words on the page.  Learn the even greater discipline required to put the last words on the page. 

  The thing about writing is that you never stop learning and improving your craft, and a review of the basics is helpful even to an established, USA Today bestselling author like myself. Jackson's deceptively simple course on writing a first novel is concise, and covers crucial points that every writer should know and constantly keep in mind. I especially enjoyed his advice on handling writer's block and its causes; I am guilty of reason #3. Sigh. A useful course, even for those who think they don't need it.
  -- Lisa Cach, USA Today Bestselling Author of the "1,001 Erotic Nights" series 

For the Storyteller, There is No Greater Joy... 

All your life, you've carried this story with you.  Perhaps uncertain or fearful of rejection.  But there is no burden greater than carrying an untold story. 

  A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.
  --Franz Kafka 

Your All in One Source for the Inspiration and Technique Required to Tell Your Story... 

This is your call to arms.  Tell your story now before it's lost forever...


How to Write a Romance Novel (Fiction Writing Mastery)

a guide for creative writing, storytelling, and writing fiction

Created by Peter Simon - Author, Professor


Students: 21183, Price: $89.99

Students: 21183, Price:  Paid

This course exists to provide you with the knowledge you need to craft an excellent tale.

There are many lectures within this course that delve into the specifics of the romance genre. However, there are also many lectures that apply to all fiction genres. In other words, there is content in this course that can help you even if the romance genre is not exactly your area of interest.

I’m an author. I also have a Bachelor’s in English, a master’s degree in liberal arts, and a master’s degree in English & creative writing. I spent the vast majority of my life studying this field. This course distills all of my craft knowledge down into a relatively short course.

You being here tells me that you want to write a book. By coming here you’ve proven that there’s a story within you longing to come out. I think it is very important that you tell your tale. It is my objective to give you the tools you need to accomplish this feat.

The following is a generalized list of what is included in this course:

  • Setting

  • Why and How to have flawed characters

  • The Character Story

  • Dialogue

  • Cliffhangers

  • Non-main characters

  • An exploration of the emotional story

  • Backstory

  • All things Conflict (internal conflict, external conflict, why have conflict in a story, etc.)

  • An explanation as to why you should write romance novels

  • World rules as they pertain to the romance novel

  • Many sections that explore all things related to the hero and heroine

  • How findings in evolutionary psychology and neurology can aid in writing romance novels

  • Withholding the “I Love You”

  • The first meeting

  • The love triangle

  • The kiss

  • 3 different novel plotting methods

This course was designed to be clear, relatively concise, entertaining, and easily accessible. I’ve used every tool at my disposal to make your time with this course the best experience that I can deliver.

There’s a story within you. Please let me help you to get it out.

COMPLETE Creative Writing – All Genres – THE FULL COURSE!

Learn to write engaging Fiction, Poetry, Drama, & Creative Non-Fiction and become the successful writer you want to be

Created by Trace Crawford - Instructor / Writer / Teacher for over 20 years


Students: 12208, Price: $29.99

Students: 12208, Price:  Paid

Course Overview:

This is a fun and practical creative writing course designed to get YOU excited about creating your own works of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction - the four genres of creative writing.

Writing techniques, literary devices, and specialized skills will be covered to help you discover, perfect, and share your own writer's voice.

While review quizzes over major concepts are provided along the way, the true measure of progress will be in the authentic writing assignments that you will complete as you progress toward your goal of becoming a successful and confident writer!

The Course Includes:

  • 43 Video Lessons

    • Each lesson is broken down into multiple video lectures that include:

      • A quick writing assignment aligned with the day's goals

      • A lesson covering an area of course content

      • A practical application project

  • 37 online review quizzes over major concepts

    • Quizzes are designed to reinforce major concepts discussed in the class

  • Graphics, notes, assignment sheets, or outside resources are provided for every lesson

  • Over 12 hours of video lessons

Course Goals:

Through taking this course, you will develop and perfect your personal writer's voice as you:

  • become familiar with the four genres of creative writing

  • apply writing techniques for success

  • examine a multitude of writing concepts to relate to your own writing

  • evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of writing projects

  • create scaffolded examples of a variety of writing styles

Additionally, you will discover multiple public outlets with which to share your writing with others as you experience success and develop confidence in your writing ability.

COMPLETE Creative Writing contains all of the content (and a little extra) from:

  • Poetry Primer - Survey of Poetic Writing Styles and Projects

  • Creative Non-Fiction Writing - You Can't Make This Stuff Up!

  • Fiction Crash Course - Writing Skills & Methods for Success!

  • Beginning Playwriting - Write a Play and Get Produced!

Fiction Writing: A Complete Novel Outline Chapter by Chapter

A Bestselling Course - Learn this Hollywood secret and complete a comprehensive novel outline in as little as 2 weeks!

Created by Mike Dickson - Best Selling Instructor, Author, and Entrepreneur


Students: 7278, Price: $119.99

Students: 7278, Price:  Paid

September 19, 2017 - Now updated to include the 10 Scene Templates download!

Want to write a mystery/thriller/detective novel and publish in the quickest amount of time possible?

I thought so. ;)

Do you have an idea for a full length novel, but don't know where to start?

Do you want to write full-time, quit your day job, and follow your passion, but the dream seems so far away?

Have you ever said to yourself, I could write a novel but I don't want it to take me all year!

Oh man, you're so in the right spot.

I freaking get it.

See, I used to be in your shoes. Spending hours per day on writing and seeing little to no progress day after day. Staring at pages and pages of notes full of good ideas, but having virtually no idea what to do with them. Wishing I could write this darn novel already, but feeling overwhelmed at the investment of time and sacrifices to get there.

But then, things changed.

I developed a system - one that actually worked - in order to turn my ideas in a complete novel outline and eventual manuscript in the shortest amount of time. In less than a year, I was able to write 3 full length novel outlines and manuscripts. In less than two years, I had seven full length novel outlines and manuscripts.

Now, I've taken that system, a system used by Hollywood writer's for decades and compiled it into a step by step novel outline called Fiction Writing: A Complete Novel Outline Chapter by Chapter.

Brett Bacon published his book after taking this course and the genre will surprise you!

Brett took this course and published his first novel titled: The President's Neighbor: Comedy Script. 

Yes, you read that right. It's a comedy and it's getting great reviews on Amazon! Go to Amazon and search for the title and you'll see Brett took this course and it was a success! Buy it while you're there ;) I did and its a great book, plus you can see how Brett built his story around this outline!

What this course is all about, my friends!

Announcing Fiction Writing: A Complete Novel Outline Chapter by Chapter

Forget about how to structure the plot. Don't worry about characters and subplot. Because once you know the outline secrets inside this exciting course, you'll never again have to deal with how to structure your book.

Why? Because this course is a detailed, step-by-step, chapter by chapter, no-fluff story arch that will show you exactly how to put that novel idea swirling around your head, to use. Just imagine:

· No more studying about plot!

· No more studying about how to structure the novel!

· And never again will you have to deal with coming up with enough information to fill an entire full length book!

Go ahead, imagine how you'll feel when you finally get that idea down into a comprehensive novel outline. Just imagine your completed story, ready for the rough draft. And just think of what your friends, family, and colleagues will say once they see you accomplishing your dream!

You can bet you'll feel the same way as Ashley Erickson, who now has the ambition and drive to get her story on paper. Here her story in her own words:

“I've wanted to write a novel for years and with this course, I'm excited to give it a try!"

Or maybe you'll feel like Chris Schwab, who is a beginner with a dream of writing. Take a look:

“For me being a beginner that is writing on the side with no writing degrees, Michael does a fantastic job guiding you through the outline process. The program course is easy to follow and well structured. Michael is a true professional and I would recommend his course to any writer of all levels."

Look, you could be the next success story. You could be just like Ashley Erickson and Chris Schwab. Because…

In as little as 2 weeks, you too could have a comprehensive novel outline ready for your first draft!

Best of all, you don't need much to start the course. All you have to do is click the “Take this Course" button to the right, and in just moments you'll discover:

· At last, you'll finally discover outlining a novel isn't difficult at all! Need to get a snap shot of the course? Then see page lecture 3, "The Purpose Of This Course" for the simple course instructions that will blow your mind!

· Short on time? Then you'll love that this course is work at your own pace!

· How to create tension tips in nearly every lecture – you won't find these secrets anywhere else!

· What some literary agents WANT you to understand about outlining a novel!

· A surprising trick for slowing down time in a book – no extra study required!

· Outlining mistakes and how to avoid them!

· A simple little way to create the characters you need required for each novel – you won't believe how well this archetypal character trait guide works!

· The little-known strategy for changing point of view to increase tension – this one works so well you'll think it's magic! And so much more!

By the time you watch the final lecture of this exciting outline course, you'll have a comprehensive novel outline – and at last, you'll finally have everything you need to finally complete your first draft with little effort!

Listen, if you're looking for some rehashed theory or a pile of fairy dust, this isn't it. But if you're ready to roll up your sleeves and find a surefire way to complete your novel outline, then this is the last course you'll ever need to get it done!

But wait, it gets even better. Because…

Buy it Now and You'll Also Get My One on One Help!

Tired of purchasing a course only to have it not meet your expectations?

Looking for another perspective from a writer who's been there?

Then my one on one help is exactly what you need to nail down your mystery idea so that you can start working on your outline! In fact, it's the easiest way I know to get started on the right track – and that says a lot, because I've tried almost every method out there!

Here's a sneak peek at what you get:

· You'll get my one on one feedback to your current story idea before you start the course!

· Get hung up in a particular area as you're working through the course, that's what I'm here for! Ask for my help. It's free and I've helped literally hundreds of people with their story outlines. So let me ask you…

What is having a Comprehensive Novel Outline Worth to You?

If you're like a lot of people, you've already spent hundreds of dollars on writing books and novel software. But none of those gave you the results you wanted. And that's because they were all missing one crucial ingredient…

Hundreds of hours of study time!

That's what makes this course different. For the first time ever, you'll finally be able to get your comprehensive novel outline completed without all the study time required to get it done right, and that's a promise.

That's right – your own novel idea, solved.

You know this is an absolute steal, so click “Take This Course" and start now.

And just to ease your mind…

You Get A 100% Guarantee You'll Finish With A Comprehensive Novel Outline – Or You'll Get Your Money Back!

Look, you don't even have to say “yes" today. All you have to say is “maybe." Because when you order now, Udemy automatically extends to you their 30 day iron-clad, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee.

If this course doesn't deliver a comprehensive novel outline, or if you're unsatisfied for ANY reason, simply cancel your purchase within 30 days and Udemy will refund every penny.

Fair enough?

Then there's just one thing left for you to do.

Take advantage of this Hollywood Secret and Outline Your Novel!

Your next step is easy – take out your credit card and click the order link above. And do it now, because this price can change at any time!

P.S. All you have to do is come with a basic story idea and some creativity, and this course will take care of everything else. So make that decision right now, and then click “Take This Course" to change your life!

Writing Short Stories: The Essential Guide

Discover how to create short fiction for magazines and other markets

Created by Jane Bettany - Novelist, Short Story Writer, Creative Writing Teacher


Students: 6293, Price: $94.99

Students: 6293, Price:  Paid

If you want to write fiction, then short stories are a great place to start and they can be a good source of income. This course will show you how to find ideas, how to put your stories together, and how to submit them to an editor.

You'll learn the essential elements of short story writing such as plot and structure, dialogue, characterisation, setting, tense, viewpoint, and much more.

Why not give it a try? Sell one short story and the course will more than pay for itself!

With over 1,500 students, this is my most popular course. Sign up today and learn the art of short fiction.

And don't forget that the course is backed by Udemy's 30 day money-back guarantee. If you're not completely satisfied, you can ask for a full, no-questions-asked refund - which means you've got absolutely nothing to lose by enrolling on the course TODAY.

During the course we'll look at:

  • story openings
  • conflict
  • using flashback
  • creating characters
  • writing dialogue
  • viewpoint and tense
  • settings and description, and
  • how to end your story.

You'll be able to download writing exercises, a regularly updated list of current short story markets (including how much you can expect to be paid), lecture handouts, and short stories.

Towards the end of the course we'll look at one of the most important parts of the writing process - editing. You'll also get tips on proofreading, and how to prepare and submit your manuscript to fiction editors.

And in case you get struck down with it, we'll look at how to overcome writer's block.

The course will be delivered using video lectures, writing exercises, information sheets, stories to read, and a recap quiz.

Reverse Engineer Riveting Fiction & Write Best Selling Books

You will be writing page turning fiction that your readers will love when you plot, outline and write the right way.

Created by Geoff Shaw - Author and Business Mentor


Students: 5998, Price: $94.99

Students: 5998, Price:  Paid

When writing a book, one of the most important requirements is the ability to present an exciting story that your readers will invest in. A story where they will want to know what comes next right through to the end.

In this training I show by example, how to break down popular fiction into the basics of the story. The skeleton of the story, and from that simple outline, I give 2 examples of how to create a new story in two different genres, to show how simple my outlining method works.

I demonstrate with the same outline sheets I use when I am writing a book, and also for the books I get my ghostwriters to write for me. Those outline sheets are available for download in the course.

It is so simple that I know by the end of the training you will be able to write your own book with exciting storylines too.

I also show how to build out the sections of the stories using simple techniques and the use of questions to bring out your creativity.

You will easily decide how many words you need in each section of your book, and once it is broken down into the smaller pieces of the story, you will find it a lot easier to write the book.

The benefit of doing this is you will also be able to write your books a lot faster.

You won’t get stuck for words. You won’t be looking at a blank screen or piece of paper wondering why you’ve got writers block.

There are 18 lectures and an hour of content.

There are downloadable files that you can use for all your books.

I’ve structured this course in a simple methodical way based on the best results I’ve had from training thousands of people in book publishing.

You will gain confidence and skills that will benefit you for a lifetime of easy writing.

I’ve kept the videos short and to the point without leaving out the crucial information you need to succeed.

You can go away in the next day with a whole new understanding of what Riveting Fiction is all about.

Advanced Science Fiction & Fantasy

Writing the 21st century myth

Created by Damien Walter - Writer for The Guardian, BBC, Wired.


Students: 3868, Price: $99.99

Students: 3868, Price:  Paid

Advanced Science Fiction & Fantasy

Writing the 21st century myth

A journey into the mythic storytelling of scifi & fantasy with writer and storyteller Damien Walter on a hunt for the 21st century myth.

For as long as there have been humans, there have been stories. Stories to help us understand our mysterious universe and give meaning to our lives. Stories to give us comfort in darkness and inspire us to reach for the light.

Science fiction & fantasy are the most popular stories of the 21st century. On the cinema screen, in our Netflix streams and in video games, billions of us watch, read and play the amazing stories of scifi and fantasy.

Damien Walter, writer on sci-fi and geek culture for The Guardian, BBC, WIRED and graduate of the Clarion writers workshop, leads a journey into scifi and fantasy storytelling.

Five Star Reviews

“I loved the course. Damien has simplified the complexity of stories for me.” Kim Davis, The Rhetoric of Story

“This was excellent. Rather than teaching the mechanics of writing, this is about how to tell a compelling story.” Mark Lemke, The Rhetoric of Story

“This course was absolutely amazing. I started this course as my job was slowing down for the covid-19 pandemic and ultimately finished it at home after being laid off.” Cory Ellis, The Rhetoric of Story

“I found this course informative, exciting and inspiring. As a 75 year old, new to writing this has motivated a new journey of which i am looking forward to with enthusiasm.” Brian Cummings, The Rhetoric of Story

“Wonderful style of teaching and great use of "practicing what you preach". Each lecture itself feels like listening to a story.” Maral Asdjian, The Rhetoric of Story

“Damien clarified for me exactly what I was missing - the essence of the story.” Grzegorz Kopeć, The Rhetoric of Story

“With relevant examples, Damien has literally broken down complex ideas into easy, digestible content.” Shivani Deshmukh, The Rhetoric of Story

“Damien is a very engaging teacher and he makes the complexity of this subject accessible and thrilling. I have no background in literary studies. And English isn't my native language. Even so, I followed all the lessons without significant hassle.”

“simply full of insightful tips and advices - there's not a dull or pointless moment in the whole class.” Juuso Sallinen, The Rhetoric of Story

Science fiction is our modern mythology

As science transformed how we saw the universe, life and human existence, our old myths died. We began a search for new myths to give meaning to the modern world, myths we call science fiction.

From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 and a thousand stories beyond, great storytellers have crafted new myths for the age of science.

But as we grow into the 21st century, even the modern myths of science fiction are getting old. The need for the myths for our fast changing world is greater than ever.

Who will write the 21st century myth?

When Damien Walter asked Twitter what was the greatest myth of the 21st century, he got a surprising answer, from the storyteller Neil Gaiman himself.

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Avengers - all the smash hit sci-fi & fantasy franchises of today are myths of the last century, their values are those of the past 20th, not the future 21st century.

When a truly 21st century myth is written, we will know it.

Who will write the 21st century myth? Will it be Neil Gaiman? Will it be any of the great new writers of today?

Or will it, perhaps, be you?


Damien Walter wrote the long running Weird Things column for The Guardian, and has interviewed legendary SF authors including Harlan Elison and Neil Stephenson. He studied with World Fantasy award winner Graham Joyce, and is a graduate of the Clarion writer’s workshop lead by Neil Gaiman and Kelly Link. His writing courses have over twenty-five thousand students online.

As featured in:

The Guardian, BBC, Wired, The Independent, Buzzfeed, Aeon

The advanced course for fans and creators of science fiction and fantasy

Join a growing community of passionate fans and creators on a journey to write new myths for the 21st century.

  • Talks - open talks looking at classic works of science fiction & fantasy and the myths they gave to the world.

  • Workshops - deep dive discussions and writing craft sessions to open up the mythic imagination.

  • Interviews - with leading creators and industry professionals.

  • Feedback - the chance to get your stories read and to develop further with critical feedback.

  • Certification - create your 21st century myth and receive course certification.

Join the course in Advanced Science Fiction & Fantasy today on Udemy

Writing That Moves: Write Novels That Keep Pages Turning

Write novels with compelling plots. This writing course, on fiction writing, shows how to plot books that hook readers

Created by Sally Apokedak - Literary agent, editor, and writing conference faculty


Students: 3364, Price: $19.99

Students: 3364, Price:  Paid

Writing Fiction that Moves: Write page-turning novels by learning to write compelling plots!

In this course on plotting, you'll learn to write compelling short hooks for your query letters, and you'll learn how to plot a satisfying story that takes a character from point A to point B while keeping readers eagerly turning pages all the way.

If you're unpublished and having a hard time breaking in or if you're published but having a hard time breaking out, this course should help you.

You'll also be able to ask Sally questions in the course or on the companion Facebook page where she keeps office hours a couple of times a month.  

Sally has over 3000 satisfied students on Udemy. Join those happy students by joining this course. (oh, OK, there are a couple of disgruntled folks in that lot--you can't please all the people all the time. Thank God for money-back guarantees!) 

Is this course for you?

  • If you have been trying to figure out how some writers are able to come up with plots that hook readers and keep them turning pages, this course is for you.
  • If you’ve sold  your first book to publisher but you're not sure how you did it and your agent keeps kicking back the new books you’re sending her, then this course is for you.
  • If you are a literary novelist you will scoff at this course, but you may be the one to get the most out of it because literary novelists are often great at character and voice and mood, but a little less great at writing page-turning novels with compelling  plots.

But . . .

  • If you’ve already read The Hero’s Journey and if you understand the three-act structure and if you’ve read a lot of books on plot, this course may not be for you. Sally has put this course together as an answer to the submissions she sees that aren't working, so if you’ve been to a lot of classes already, her plot ideas here will probably not be new to you. They still might help you identify weakness you haven't previously noticed in your own manuscripts, though.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING about Sally's courses?

  • . . .  I found the instructor's examples easy to follow, and I felt very engaged with the subject. Great course!  ~Geoff, (Udemy student)
  • We had so many wonderful comments about you and your class on our evaluations. We hope you'll be able to join us again next summer. . . .  ~Lindy Jacobs (OCW Summer Conference Director)
  • Sally's comments were specific and very helpful. It is such a gift to have a professional agent share how my pitch would be received. Sally is an oasis on the long, dry journey from writer to published author. Go ahead give her a try. You won't be disappointed. ~Maureen (Fiverr customer)
  • Not like any course I've taken. Sally teaches in her own unique way and it works! At first, I was taken aback, but the wealth of information kept me moving through and I'm glad I did.  . . . ~Curtis (Udemy student)
  • Thank you for your incredible class. It was a valuable, valuable learning experience. . . . ~Kimberly (Women on Writing student)
  • Thank you so much. I got a lot out of the class and it gave me a lot to think about. I'm grateful for all the feedback. . . .   ~Christie (Women on Writing student)
  • Thank you so much for your feedback . . . throughout the course. I appreciated how much you know about this field and your willingness to share your expertise.  ~Sandy (Women on Writing student)
  • Here's the thing about Sally: she's going to be honest and direct with you. As a writer, that's EXACTLY what you want. Each time I've worked with her, Sally has quickly spotted my story's flaws -- and provided multiple suggestions to make it a stronger piece. Excellent, as always!  ~Barbie (Fiverr customer)
  • This course is packed with practical advice from a professional agent. She knows what she's talking about. I see, now, what to look for when editing my manuscript. The added bonus of her laugh out loud examples made the time fly by. If you are a serious writer of fiction, you will do yourself a favor and take this course. There is too much information do take in in one sitting.  ~Kathleen (Udemy student)

And because Sally likes to be fair and balanced . . . 

  • While I'm sure this woman is a great writer and great editor, I, unfortunately, didn't find her to be a very good teacher. There was a lot of "look at this example of writing. See how crappy it is? Don't write crappy like this!" *insert slap on the wrist. But there was no depth. Nothing you couldn't learn in Creative Writing 101, which is possibly the point. ~ Britt (Udemy student)

And last, but not least, this gal who really hated one course so much that she left a half-star rating. She perhaps did not see the irony in her remark about the course, which was, simply

  • Too shallow.  -Mary (Udemy student)

Come on in if you dare. Step up. Invest in your dream. And in the end, if you hate the course, there is a 30-day, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee. And all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things will be well. 

What this course promises:

If you do all the exercises, you'll finish the course with a novel completely plotted. You'll also get a simple template to follow for writing your short hooks and you'll come away understanding what elements go into some of the most compelling plots. We'll cover:

  1. the normal life of the character
  2. the inciting incident
  3. the character's acceptance of the call to action
  4. the character trying and failing and trying and failing
  5. the dark night of the soul
  6. the climax
  7. the denouement

What this course does not promise:

  • that it will be fast and easy
  • that you will get a book contract at the end of the course
  • that you will actually write an interesting book (It depends on how hard you are willing to work at it)

Some questions this course answers:

  • What is one of the top reasons agents reject manuscripts?
  • How do I plot a commercial novel?
  • What are some plot elements that many bestselling novels have in common?
  • Where should I start my story?
  • What does it mean when agents say my book is too quiet?    

Fiction Writing – Write, Polish and Publish Your First Novel

Learn step-by-step what it takes to write your first novel with the help of a bestselling author.

Created by Ryan Whiteside - #1 Bestselling Author and Digital Marketing Expert


Students: 3314, Price: $39.99

Students: 3314, Price:  Paid

There are four things that we are going to talk about in this course. The first is how to get started. We'll start from the very beginning and talk about where to get ideas, how to get your story going, and the best tools you should use that will make writing and formatting your book a breeze.

Then we'll talk about how to get your story finished. Writing a novel is a huge challenge, and I'll provide some tips and tricks that will make sure you get that first draft completed.

After we've gotten through our first draft, well go over how to polish your book to perfection, and how and where to find editors. I'll even provide a sample template you can use that should save you a lot of time in finding the right editor for you.

Finally, we'll cover how to get your book and to all of the four major online bookstores. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. As well as how to distribute your book even further.

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Turn your idea into a published novel or screenplay in one of today's hottest genres.

Created by Steve Alcorn - Published Author and Educator


Students: 2971, Price: $99.99

Students: 2971, Price:  Paid

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!

Learn Techniques for Creating Great Science Fiction and Fantasy

Will you use space travel, time travel or psy powers in your story? If so, you need to understand the choices, limitations, costs and believability of each of these technologies and abilities.

Explore all the different types of magic, its uses and limitations. You'll be amazed at all the different types of magic powers, and how they interact. Then discover how the cost of magic is a vital ingredient in any fantasy story. 

Create New Worlds and New Civilizations

When you create a new world, you need to pay attention to every element, from geology to weather, astronomy to biology. We'll show you how to keep track of each topic, and make sure they interrelate logically. 

We break it down so you CAN write your novel or screenplay

This fascinating workshop teaches you how to write your story in six simple steps. We break it down so YOU can do it successfully.

Write Your Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel or Screenplay in 6 Simple Steps

This fascinating workshop teaches you how to write your story in six simple steps. We break it down so YOU can do it successfully. You will learn the ins-and-outs of not just the writing craft but the business, too. 

Step 1: You'll Learn What Makes Great Science Fiction and Fantasy

Step 2: You'll Create Your own World

Step 3: Structure Your Story

Step 4: You'll Create Your Manuscript

Step 5: You'll Learn to Polish your Manuscript

Step 6: You'll Discover how to actually SELL Your Manuscript

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy gives you lifetime access to 50 info-packed video lectures, and over seven solid hours of knowledgeable instruction. You also become one in a community, all working hard to achieve the same goal: to write a novel and see it published. And you can browse and participate in all the discussions!

Punch Them In The Gut: Writing Fiction with Emotional Impact

Build Powerful Stories, Engage with Readers, Change the World

Created by Clark Chamberlain - Storytelling Expert, Bestselling Author, Publisher


Students: 2722, Price: $99.99

Students: 2722, Price:  Paid

Learn how to write a story that will suck your readers in and get them to share your work with friends, family, and co-workers.

Story is the most powerful force in the world, but so few people even understand what it is or how it works.

In Punch them in the Gut you will learn:

  • The power of story and how it continues to shape our world.
  • The brain's need for story and how to keep rewarding your reader.
  • What a story is and the parts that must be included to keep a reader turning the page.
  • How to tailor a story for instant emotional engagement with your reader.
  • The three scenes in each story that must be solid and how to build them.
  • How to create an emotional impact that will get your reader to share your work instantly.
  • How to intensify your story with believable outer problems.
  • How you can change the world with your writing.
  • And much, much more!!

Gain maximum reader engagement by understanding What Readers Want.

This course represents 1000's of hours of research in writing and psychology boiled down to the core level of understanding so you can take what you learn and put it right to work.

The course includes eight modules, designed to build a foundation of the psychology of reading first. As you move forward in the course, you will learn how to structure and write your story to tap into the reader's deep emotions.

Punch them in the Gut also includes worksheets that will help you identify reader's emotions, protagonist's emotions, tools to increase tension, and more.

I set out to learn how to sell more books, but I found so much more. This research has changed not only how I write stories but how I view the world. It has changed my life. As authors, we represent the one sure fire way of changing people's lives. Why? Because it is only in a story that a person can experience deep empathy and truly see the world through a new set of eyes. I excited to share this with you.

Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop

Turn your idea into a published novel in today's hottest genre.

Created by Steve Alcorn - Published Author and Educator


Students: 2390, Price: $99.99

Students: 2390, Price:  Paid

Young Adult Fiction is today's top-selling category. This class shows you how to turn you ideas into a bestselling novel or screenplay that will rival Harry Potter, Hunger Games, or Twilight.

Do you have a Young Adult novel idea, but aren't sure where to begin? Have you started a novel, only to get stuck? Or perhaps you've completed a first draft, but want to add the luster of professional writing?

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.

We'll 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. Step by step, you'll learn and practice:

  • What Makes Great Young Adult Fiction
  • Planning Your Project
  • Story Structure
  • Character Building
  • Viewpoints that work best for Young Adults
  • Experiment with Tense
  • Create a Vibrant Narrative Voice
  • Build Vivid Settings
  • Dialogue for Young Adults
  • Beginnings and Endings
  • Polishing Your Manuscript
  • Cover Art that Sells Young Adult Novels
  • Getting Published
  • Marketing Your Work

In addition to the video lectures and panel discussions, the course includes extensive supplemental materials, featuring reference lists, exercises, checklists, and handy reference sheets.

Whether this is your first Young Adult novel or you're an experienced author looking for new techniques, Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop has what you need to get your young adult idea published. Enroll now!

Writing a Fiction Novel For Beginners

Part 1

Created by Memory Bengesa - Writer


Students: 2128, Price: $19.99

Students: 2128, Price:  Paid

Suffice it to say; most people have a story in them, and some are actually itching to place the story on paper as a book? Problem is, like most I was scared to start writing because I didn't think I knew what to do and when I mustered a little courage it was about three manuscripts and 300,000 words later that I found out it was ALL written WRONG!!! Because of my earlier experiences I decided to compile a very basic beginners course to get you in the seat and writing.

Writing Productivity: Release Fears to Write Great Fiction

Learn how to significantly boost word counts that way you can crank out more novels each year.

Created by Ryan Whiteside - #1 Bestselling Author and Digital Marketing Expert


Students: 1396, Price: $39.99

Students: 1396, Price:  Paid

If you're struggling to write your first novel, or have a few under your belt and want to crank them out faster, this course is for you! Learn how to boost your word counts and get rid of all those fears you have of writing that's bubbling under the surface of your mind. Learn from someone with years of experience, whose fought and overcome these common internal battles that most fiction authors face.

Fiction for Young Writers (Writing Mastery)

A fun, interactive workshop to help young writers unlock their creativity, improve their craft, and write better stories

Created by Jessica Brody - International Bestselling Author and Writing Teacher


Students: 1268, Price: $79.99

Students: 1268, Price:  Paid

Udemy's "Breakout Instructor of 2016" and International bestselling author, Jessica Brody (author of more than 15 novels for kids and teens) and Joanne Rendell, acclaimed author and writing teacher, share their secrets of writing great fiction in this special, one-of-a-kind creative writing course for young writers.

Writing Mastery: Fiction for Young Writers is a fun and interactive, self-paced workshop designed for ages 10 and up (or advanced students ages 8 and 9) that will teach young writers the essential ingredients of great fiction, so they can improve their writing, tell better stories, write more vivid scenes, and build confidence in their writing abilities. 


"Very solid material, presented in an efficient delightful way! - DAVE H.

"Super Fun and wise! I love it!" - JUAN S.

"inspiring and engaging!" - LESLIE K.

"Wonderfully enjoyable course with lots of meat in it! - DORIS D. 

Jessica Brody is published by several major publishers like Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Macmillan. Her books have been translated and published in more than 23 countries and two are currently in development as major motion pictures. She’s recently been hired by Disney Press to write a book series based on the hit Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants. Jessica is excited to share her proven storytelling methods with young writers.


In this course, Jessica teams up with Joanne Rendell, 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. Together, Jessica and Joanne have created a dynamic course to help young writers (beginner to advanced) build a storytelling foundation and nurture their love of writing. 

In this course, you will learn how to:


  • Unlock your creativity and spark your imagination with tons of fun writing prompts!

  • Create awesome characters who will jump right off the page and take your stories to the next level

  • Write dazzling dialogue that will transform lifeless scenes into vibrant stories

  • Build memorable settings that shape the world of your story and bring that world to life

  • Narrate stories from an engaging and interesting point of view to hook your readers and draw them into your fictional worlds

  • Develop exciting plots that will keep your stories on track and have your readers on the edge of their seats to find out what happens next!

  • Expand a single idea into a compelling finished story

"I've been watching this with my 14 year old daughter and now she's so inspired to write!" - MICHAEL R. 

"My niece Elise,10, is an avid reader and a budding writer -- and she LOVES this course." - JUDY P. 

"[My 9-year-old son] is now full of ideas for his current story." - ZEB M.

This course is jam packed full of:


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

  • Loads of fun writing prompts designed to spark your imagination and get your creative juices flowing

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

Jessica’s ten years of professional experience writing commercial fiction for kids and teens combined with Joanne’s in-depth knowledge of classic literature and the writing craft makes for an engaging, humorous, and enlightening class that is guaranteed to remind young writers why they love to write.  


"A lot of great info in this course. I love the writing prompts!" - ERIKA B.

"Loved this course! It has been extremely helpful with my writing!" - FELICITY S. 

"This course is very organized and structured so learning is easy." - LEE S. 

Praise for Other Courses in the Writing Mastery Series:

"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


"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

Writing Your Masterpiece (Fiction, Memoir and Novel Writing)

The complete guide to writing a book! Professional creative writing, novel writing, fiction writing & memoir techniques.

Created by Joeel & Natalie Rivera - Top instructor with over 300,000 students


Students: 1237, Price: $99.99

Students: 1237, Price:  Paid

Do you have a BOOK inside you? Do you dream of holding YOUR BOOK in your hands? If so, it’s time to birth your book!

Whether you want to tell YOUR story or there is a character whose story is waiting to be told through you, this course will walk you through the process of writing your book, from start to finish.

Hi, I’m Julie Tyler. I’m a storyteller, author, and a book coach and I’m your guide along the journey of finally writing your book! Join me and together we can get those stories out of your head, onto paper, and delivered to the world. No more fear, no more procrastination, no more confusion; let’s bring your story to life.

This course is a comprehensive, step-by-step experience, and gives you all of the tools, all of the steps, all of the strategies you need to go on this journey. I will share with you my signature system that I use for myself and with the writers I coach, for turning ideas into 300-page masterpieces worthy of traditional publishing.

You will master the craft of storytelling and use pro-level habits, strategies, and mindset tools to bring your project to completion.

The course is structured into six units, each one packed with videos and exercises designed to take you deep into craft:

Unit 1 is core training to help you get started, to help you get words on paper, and help you start your mission with power and purpose.

Unit 2 is on crafting characters readers never forget

Unit 3 is on plotting your story like a professional

Unit 4 is on unleashing your signature voice

Unit 5 is on building, assembling, and revising your book

Unit 6 is on getting your story into the hands of readers

My goal is for you to feel confident stepping into your role as a storyteller, because you just know your book will entertain, enlighten, and inspire readers. And you cannot wait for the day when you can hold all 300 pages in your hand. You want to say, "Yes, I wrote this. And yes, I was born to create this."

I look forward to guiding you through this journey. You are not alone anymore!


This course is brought to you by Transformation Academy and instructors Joeel & Natalie, who are life coach trainers with over 300,000 students at the time of this recording. They are excited to have collaborated with instructor Julie Tyler to bring you this Writing Your Masterpiece course.

Julie Tyler, Ph.D., is a passionate storyteller and committed to helping the global community of writers. After completing a doctorate in literature and succeeding as an author, Julie founded her company, StoryBold, to empower writers from all backgrounds and at every skill level to find their voice, write their stories, and share them with the world.

Copyright ©️ Transformation Services, Inc. | All Rights Reserved

Writing Short Fiction

Break Blocks and Awaken Your Creative Voice

Created by Jen Knox - Writer, Meditation and Writing Instructor


Students: 842, Price: $19.99

Students: 842, Price:  Paid

Writing short fiction is about creating new realities and re-framing our own. In this 4-module class, writers will learn about how to write a strong opening, build a strong narrative plot, create vivid scenes that draw the reader in, and leave readers with a satisfying ending. The class will include an ongoing writing workshop and revision techniques, along with personalized feedback. It will conclude with information about how and where to submit work to agents, contests, and literary journals.

About the instructor:

Jen Knox has been teaching fiction for over a decade. She is the author of After the Gazebo (Rain Mountain Press), Resolutions (AUX Media) and The Glass City (Press Americana's Prize for Prose Winner). Her writing has been nominated for the Pen Faulkner, The Best of the Net, and a Pushcart. Stories have been featured in textbooks, classrooms, and both online and print publications around the world. Her fiction appears in The Best Small Fictions 2017 (Braddock Avenue Books), The Adirondack Review, Sivana East, Chicago Tribune's Printers Row, Chicago Quarterly Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Crannog, Elephant Journal, Fairlight Books, Fiction Southeast, Juked, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, MJI News, Poor Claudia, The Saturday Evening Post, The Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, NPR, Short Story America, and Sequestrum, among over a hundred other publications. Her nonfiction appears in Elephant Journal and Sivana East.

Creative Non-Fiction Writing – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

Learn the skills writers need to write great true crime, memoir, travel, food, journalism, blogs, essays, books and more

Created by Trace Crawford - Instructor / Writer / Teacher for over 20 years


Students: 560, Price: $19.99

Students: 560, Price:  Paid

Course Overview:

This is a fun and practical creative writing course designed to get YOU excited about creating your own works of creative nonfiction!

Writing techniques, literary devices, and specialized skills will be covered to help you discover, perfect, and share your own unique writer's voice.

While review quizzes over major concepts are provided along the way, the true measure of progress will be in the authentic writing projects that you will complete as you progress toward your goal of becoming a successful and confident writer!

The Course Includes:

  • 26 video lectures organized into 7 easy to understand lessons/subject areas

    • Each lesson is broken down into multiple video lectures that include:

      • A quick writing assignment aligned with the day's goals

      • A lesson covering an area of course content

      • A practical application project to get you using your new skill

  • 7 online review quizzes presented throughout the course

    • Quizzes are designed to reinforce the major concepts discussed in the class

  • 16 graphics, notes, templates, assignments, or outside resources to further your knowledge base

    • Supplemental materials are provided for every lesson

  • Almost 2 hours of video lessons

Course Goals:

Through taking this course, you will develop and perfect your personal writer's voice as you learn about:

  • What exactly creative non-fiction is and what it isn’t

  • What makes for a good storyteller across any genre

  • How to effectively utilize descriptive language in your writing

  • The "motto" of creative non-fiction

  • How you can write in scenes to improve your creative non-fiction

  • How to effectively use and manipulate a plot diagram for writing creative non-fiction

  • Ways to get the most out of your revision

  • The importance of making personal experiences feel universal

Brilliant fiction endings.

Finish your writing with the right bang.

Created by Carmen Walton - Tutor.


Students: 511, Price: Free

Students: 511, Price:  Free

Endings are important. Endings to stories determine whether or not a reader will be satisfied, thrilled, delighted or emotional as your story ends or if they will feel cheated or irritated after investing time and money on your work.

In this short course I have focused on six types of endings to fictional stories. Some of these six categories have sub categories. Being aware of all the ways a story can end is empowering for writers and can help when the ending isn't clear.

You will discover how to give your fiction the ending it deserves by considering those options available to you. Knowledge of the potential endings you could use will ensure that you are able to end a piece of work with the wow factor you injected into the beginning. Understanding the impact of different endings will help you to develop and end to a story that will satisfy your readers and leave them hungry for your next episode, story or book.

Planning one or more endings for a story will develop your writing skills - a lot of the time wrestling with ideas and brainstorming are what improve your range.

There are six writing exercises that will give you practice and further develop your skills. Carrying out practical activities goes a long way to ensure retention of information.

By considering the ending of a story as much as you consider the beginning you will be set to produce dazzling and memorable written work.

Non-Fiction Writing Workshop

Your path to a lucrative writing career

Created by Dani Alcorn - Author and Screenwriter


Students: 441, Price: $99.99

Students: 441, Price:  Paid

The BEST COURSE CHOICE for those with a book idea and a desire to get published!

In this lively and fun course, author and mentor Steve Alcorn shows you how to achieve success. During the past two decades, Steve and Dani have helped more than 30,000 aspiring writers structure their stories, and many are now in print. You can be next!

Why write non-fiction?

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!

What are the requirements?

  • Open to all aspiring writers, young or old, experienced or just getting started

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 38 lectures and 7 hours of content!
  • Downloadable, printable handouts and exercises
  • 38 Discussion Areas where you can share your work and get feedback
  • Turn Your Idea Into a Non-Fiction Book
  • Polish Your Manuscript
  • Develop a Marketing Plan
  • Get Published!

What is the target audience?

  • First-Time Authors
  • If Your Manuscript Needs Polish
  • If Your Manuscript is Unfinished
  • Authors Who Want to Get Published

Writing Novels and Query Letters: write fiction that sells

If you are writing fiction and want an agent, write a high concept novel and a strong sales pitch in your query letter.

Created by Sally Apokedak - Literary agent, editor, and writing conference faculty


Students: 440, Price: $19.99

Students: 440, Price:  Paid


If you want to snag an agent you will be miles ahead of others if you will write a great query letter for a high concept novel. In this course we will brainstorm high concepts and we will take the mystery out of writing query letters. This will help you understand what a high concept novel is and why agents and publishers are looking for them. And then it will help you to brainstorm your own high concept ideas. 

It will force you to stretch until you've made your humdrum concept into a high-flying concept that will grab attention from the pitch. This is not a course on plotting. It is a course on pitching. It is a course that will help you with the premise of you book, not the plot. It comes before the plotting. You have to come up with a salable premise first and a killer hook. If you don't have those it doesn't matter how great your plot is--you'll have a hard time selling your book in today's busy, noisy, crowded marketplace. 

Think of it like this: The marketplace is full of a vendors, all standing in the booths. They all have flapping white canvas over their tables and  they all have grey boxes full of their wares. In those boxes are some lovely treasure. But which booth do you approach? You can't see the treasures--they all are kind of hidden away in their grey boxes.

But there in the middle of all the white, flapping canvas, there is  one table under a bright yellow canvas covering. The table is covered in vibrant purple cloth and the boxes that  hold the wares are lime green and  orange and shiny red. 

The treasures in the boxes may not be better than the treasures in the grey boxes on the other  tables. But which table do you go to first? And which treasures do you pick up? And which treasures do you buy? 

This is why you need a high concept plot that can be pitched with pizzazz. Because the marketplace is full of grey tables and white flapping canvas. 


It does little good to write high concept books if you can't write an effective query letter.In this course you will learn to write query letters that will make the agents ask to read the manuscript. The main thing? You don't need to try so hard. You don't need to put the whole book into the query letter. Just a short summary. Just enough to make the agent want more. 

We look at short hooks in this course, too--this section is repeated from my plot course. We look at them here because they are needed for the query letters. 

In short, this course tells you all you need to write a great query letter: you need a high concept novel, a short pitch for that novel, the ability to be friendly without being stalker-ish, and to come across as healthy and happy and a person agents would enjoy working with. 

Speed Writing for Non-Fiction Writers

Give yourself a content and income boost by pumping out hundreds of books fast!

Created by Vincent Noot - Instructor


Students: 299, Price: $89.99

Students: 299, Price:  Paid

In this course, a professional publisher who has literally published over 1,000 books on Amazon, Google Play, Apple, and other websites, both audiobooks, paperbacks on demand, and E-Books, will show you some of the most important ways to shorten your time of writing nonfiction books. This will be crucial to your business. Time is money, and time wasted is delaying your journey to more financial freedom.

For this reason, the creator of this course will help you as well. You cannot afford to waste time writing in a way that takes you weeks, months, or years to accomplish the same results as these effective tricks. Here, you will learn, among others:

  • You will find the road to successful writing.

    • You will learn how to begin and what to do when you get stuck.

    • You will create more content with effective tools and tricks I’ve discovered through trial and error.

    • You will receive ideas, prompts and insider’s secrets.

    • You will overcome the obstacles you had in the past, like editing, formatting, or organizing information.

    • You will see what you can write about and receive guidelines of how to do it.

    • You will learn about shortcuts, style, and grammar by a professional editor/translator (me).

    • You will find secret tricks that increase your speed.

    • You will see the difference in writing fiction or non-fiction, and which pitfalls to avoid.

Write Your Best Fiction and Get It Published

Learn the 10 essentials of fiction-writing mastery from a world-class teacher and Writer's Digest fiction expert

Created by Jeff Gerke - Writer's Digest author and world-class fiction instructor


Students: 194, Price: $199.99

Students: 194, Price:  Paid

It's your dream to write fiction and to write it to the best of your ability. 

Perhaps you've started and stopped a hundred times and can't seem to see these through to the finish. Possibly you have great ideas for characters but can't seem to find their story. Or maybe you've got the story, but your characters feel flat to you. Maybe you have completed manuscripts on your hard drive but haven't been able to break into publishing yet. 

I'm here to help you achieve your dream. 

For more than twenty years, I've been traveling the nation and the world teaching writers just like you how to put together excellent works of fiction, whether they be novels, short stories, or even screenplays. 

And my five fiction craftsmanship books for Writer's Digest have been successfully used by writers all over the world and in any genre you can imagine.

Fiction Academy is an eight-hour, 34-video download of my best teaching on writing fiction. We start with the kernel of an idea, flesh it out into characters and story structure, write the thing with skillful craftsmanship, and pave the way to publication. 

With my encouraging manner and humorous style, this series will leave you feeling equipped and motivated to not only write your stories but to do so at a higher level than you've ever before achieved.

Your dreams of fiction success lie inside Fiction Academy. Start your journey today.

Writing Non-fiction eBooks for Amazon Kindle Self-publishing

Writing non-fiction eBooks for Amazon Kindle self-publishing: Write and self-publish short non-fiction Amazon eBooks

Created by Brian Jackson - Author, Publisher and Educator


Students: 157, Price: $19.99

Students: 157, Price:  Paid

Do you want to write but you don't know how to begin?

Do you want to write but you don't know what to write about?

In this course, I'll teach you how to write short 10k word manuscripts for self-publication on Amazon in eBook format.  I'll teach you everything you need to know even if you're not a very good writer and you've never published before.

In this course you'll learn:

  • My Preferred Word 2016 Screen Layout

  • Establishing Your Amazon Non-fiction Release Schedule and Pricing

  • Finding a Niche to Write In

  • Writing in a Series and Naming Your Book to Be Found

  • Formatting Your Non-fiction Manuscript in Microsoft Word 2016

  • Title Page, Table of Contents and Mailing List

  • Working with Images

  • Building Your Chapter Outline

  • Researching Your Target Niche

  • Maintaining a Bibliography of Your Source Material

  • Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Source Material

  • Writing Short Essays for Each Chapter

  • Self-editing Your Work

  • Overview of the Self-publishing Process

That's all you need to know to write a short non-fiction eBook on any topic, even if you know nothing about the topic you're writing about.

Enroll today to begin publishing one or more non-fiction eBooks per month to optimize your self-publishing revenue.

Enroll now and I'll see you in the classroom,


How to Generate New ideas and Improve Your Fiction Writing

A Beginner's Guide to Being Inspired, Motivated, and Productive

Created by Rob Parnell - Freelance Writer, Educator, and Bestselling Author


Students: 146, Price: $19.99

Students: 146, Price:  Paid

"Finally, Rob Parnell's Personal & Professional Guide to Staying Inspired, Motivated and "In The Zone" for Beginning New Works and Getting the Most out of All Your Creative Projects."

Topic: Getting Ideas and Inspiration, Staying Motivated and Being Super Productive

Level: Beginner & Intermediate

Duration: 5 hours approx

Delivery: Video, Text, PDF, Audio

LinkedIn Certificated: Yes

Now Available - The Ultimate Guide to Creative Success 

We all know the single-most posed question to artists and writers is, "Where do you get your ideas from?"

The question often baffles artists and writers because they have so many ideas, it's actually hard to know where they DON'T come from.

It's all about experience and MINDSET.

Do You Want The Professional MIndset?

The one where everything seems possible and ideas are flowing - and you're always inspired and motivated?

I'd be surprised if you said "no" to that!

The simple fact is that thinking like a full time creative artist is a learned skill. Usually it takes years of painstaking application to your craft. But not anymore - I have distilled down the essence of CREATIVITY and made it available to you - right now - in the form of this course.

This fun packed series of video lessons will take you though all the stages of creative thinking and give you a plethora of advice on how to stay INSPIRED, MOTIVATED and persistently CREATIVE - even when you wake up in the morning and don't feel like doing anything at all!

Here's a brief sampling of what you'll discover:

* How to come up with original ideas ON CUE

Learn a simple technique for teaching your mind to automatically perform like a genius.

* How to remain fresh and raring to go at any time

Take the pressure off yourself and relax into being focused and always motivated.

* How to permanently beat Writer's Block

Finally understand what professionals know about this persistent yet imaginary affliction.

* Understand the true nature of inspiration

Learn how to immediately harness the brain's equivalent of the runner's high.

* How to use Fan Fiction effectively

E L James did it, you can too. Use other people's stories to supercharge your talent.

* Use Dictionaries to prompt writing

This simple technique has always impressed my students - it'll blow you away too.

* Using writing prompts from online sources

Remain inspired daily, hourly, minute by minute if necessary!

* Harness the power of your own mind

Learn about the Genius Kick that can cold start a brain and keep you going for ages.

* How to get ideas from everywhere - from cereal packets to overheard conversations

The secret to unstoppable creativity is revealed in this unique lesson.

* Understand the power of templates

There are formulas to everything. Now you will know how to create them for yourself.

* How to take more breaks to get more done

The paradox that goes against the herd mentality. Know the truth.

* Learn the David Bowie approach to creativity

This surprising tactic that can define a career and sustain a rock star life.

* How to sustain motivation like a pro

Persistence is way more important than talent. Discover how to keep going easily.

* How write faster, better than ever

Master the art of speed-writing with this proven - but secret - new strategy.

* And much more

NOTE from ROB:
This whole video course is beautifully put together, if I say so myself. I seem to have finally gotten the hang of all this equipment for one thing. Plus, being so cut off out here in our new home - living in the peace and quiet of the Flinders Ranges in SA - I've really been able to come to terms with myself and my role as a writing and creativity teacher. I've been able to use my time much more productively recently - which has enabled me to bring you a better quality course and more focused instruction.

In short, I'd really like to see you take this course. It's probably my best yet.

As I say, this course is now available - and all the videos and extra resources are ready.

Order the course now, before the inevitable price rise.

You get in early, you get the discount.
Click the link below!