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Fiction Writing Course - Advanced


StoryMirror Academy
StoryMirror Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
Online Course



Advanced ( Online):

The advanced course is designed for people who are professional writers but find themselves stuck while converting ideas into novel. The 16-hour online course covers flashbacks, conversational challenges, basic mistakes of writing and over 100 key concepts. This course also dives into publishing and marketing of the books as well as introduction to screenplay writing.

Total Duration of Course: 16 hours (5 Weeks Course)

Recorded Session - 5 hours  + 3 hours of (foundation + intermediate course)

1. Understanding the best-selling authors

2. Difference between a writer and editor

3. The basic difference between writing novels / short stories/ memoirs/ flash fiction

4. How to create a plot from a thought

  • Basic plot
  • Complex plot building
  • How to restructure plot in the midway of writing
  • Tracking the progress of the plot

5. The rule of 3 scenes in an act

  • Old vs modern theories
  • Various forms of writing scenes

6. How to build a character

  • Character web
  • Attributes of complex character
  • Storyboard the character
  • 31 questions you should ask before building the character

7. Developing 

  • The suspense tree
  • Point of view
  • Conflict
  • Narration
  • Duration
  • Complex realistic characters
  • Dialogues
  • Flashbacks
  • Conversation between 

- Two different time frames

- Two different era

- Two contradictory personality

- Two influential personality

8. How to develop a protagonist

  • Defining attributes of a protagonist
  • How to develop a negative character
  • In thriller vs romantic writing

9. How to build/avoid "red-herring" as relevant to the story

10. Basic mistakes in writing

  • Transitions
  • Time & duration
  • Making a conflict real

11. How to maintain an expression database

  • Taking down notes
  • How to use notes effectively
  • How to use Google effectively

12. Usage of adjective & adverbs

  • Basic rules
  • How to play around it effectively

13. Writing dialogues

  • Imagining the conversations
  • Usage of words
  • Checking the uniqueness
  • Reading the minds of readers

14. Preparing a writing & reading calendar

  • Case study of various best selling writers' calendar
  • How to plan for reading a book
  • Glimpse of speed reading

15. How to publish a book

  • Knowing all the details of traditional and self-publishing markets
  • What questions you should ask before signing a contract
  • Pros & cons of various publishing houses

16. How to market a book

  • Planning of a book marketing goals
  • How to budget a marketing goal
  • Road map of tasks
  • On-line and off-line activities
  • Case Studies - 1 - Three StoryMirror best selling writers
  • Case studies - 2 - Three Indian best selling writers by other publishing houses
  • Case studies - 3 - Three International best selling writers

17. Difference between story writing and screenplay writing

  • A glimpse of the basics of screenwriting
  • Example of how to write a scene

Live sessions - 8 hours

( All live sessions will be on Sat/Sun - between 10 am - 2 pm and between 3 pm - 7 pm). 

Live sessions will be through Webinar audio/video session.

  • Two timer-based writing exercises ( 1 at the start of the session + 1 at the end of the session)
  • Evaluation sheet of the writing exercise.
  • 2 weekly offline competition among candidates ( after 2 hours of completion of the live sessions and 6 hours of completion of live sessions.)
  • 2 case study per batch
  • Question and answer with instructor - 2 Hours per session

Maximum 30 candidates for the batch.

All live sessions would be the first-come, first-serve basis. Once the batch is full, you will be redirected to the next available batch.

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