Creative Writing Training – Diploma in Fantasy Story Writing Level 2
Make your creative writing a reality, and not just a fantasy, with our fantastic fantasy writing course, that can make your dreams of becoming an author come true. Bookworms around the world may have a desire to create chapters of their own, but many won’t act on it. Don’t be one of them! If you have a flair for writing and believe that your ideas could lend themselves well to paper (or eBook!), then this course will be perfect for you.
Harness your Creativity
Writers of works of fantasy will naturally have vivid imaginations and lots of creative ideas that need to be harnessed. This detailed course will help you to hone your writing skills and create pieces of work that are worth picking up and reading.
13 Modules to Cover All Bases
Split into 13 comprehensive, interesting modules, this course focuses on fantasy writing, and how you can develop your plot, characters and backstories to perfection. Students will also cover various aspects of publishing, from choosing their audience demographic to dealing with publishers and hopefully reaching the inevitable goal of bagging a book deal!
Key Learning Points
This fantasy writing course comprises of 13 modules, which should take between 6 and 8 hours to complete. It’s perfect for budding writers who need a little focus and refinement, to help them on their way to finishing that book and becoming a published writer of fantasy fiction.
- Learn more about the definition of fantasy writing, the various sub-genres and the differences between the fantasy and sci-fi genres.
- Identify the important skills that you will require to create exciting fantasy stories, including things that you need to consider when creating magical worlds, and the importance of spelling and grammar when imagining new worlds, words and systems.
- Learn more about some of the iconic fantasy writers from past and present, including CS Lewis and Philip Pullman, and how you can benefit from reading works by other fantasy authors.
- Learn how to select your target audience, and what viewpoint to use – first or third person. If planning to transition between the two, learn how to do this effectively.
- Understand the importance of the first page, and why the first words of a fantasy piece are the most crucial.
- Find inspiration for characters and learn how to create believable, and relatable, characters with the use of profiles, personalities and backstories.
- Learn how to plan and build the perfect plot, and how to avoid common pitfalls and any plot holes.
- Understand the need for a backstory, and when it should be used.
- Get to grips with dialogue, including how to write dialogue to suit various characters, and what you can do to improve your dialogue skills.
- Learn how to boost your motivation if you hit the writing wall, and understand the need for a break if you are suffering from writer’s block.
- Understand the need for writing prompts to help the creative juices flow, and why practical exercises and workshops can be hugely beneficial.
- Find out when, and if, illustrations should be used, and how to choose, commission, and work with illustrators successfully.
- Learn more about copyrighting, plagiarism, self-publishing and how to know when you’re ready to take the steps towards publishing your novel.
Advantages of this course
- Online delivery ensures complete self-control over when you wish to study. Material is available 24/7, 7 days a week.
- Technical support is also available if you struggle with the courseware at any point.
- Get your creativity flowing and develop that burning idea for a fantasy story.
- Give yourself a push in the right direction with a course that can help hone your skills and give you the confidence that you need to move forward with your writing.
- Course completion certificate at the end of the course – perfect for any CV if you’re looking for a job in a writing-related industry sector.
Fancy yourself as the next Tolkien, Pratchett or Rowling? Sign up for this course before you put your pen to paper, and gain some invaluable skills and knowledge that will help make fantasy writing success a reality.
What exactly is fantasy writing and why should you write a fantasy book or novel?
- A definition of what fantasy writing entails
- About different types of fantasy subgenres
- The difference between fantasy and sci-fi
- Opportunities as a fantasy author
What you need to write fantasy content
- The main personal skills and qualities a fantasy writer should exhibit
- Things to consider when world building and creating magical systems
- How to hone and improve creativity and writing skills
- Preparing to become a fantasy writer and the importance of impeccable spelling and grammar
Using other authors’ strengths and weaknesses to up your game
- How to get the most from reading other fantasy books as a prospective fantasy writer
- Some good resources for discovering new books to read and finding out about fantasy authors
- About George MacDonald, J.R.R Tolkien, William Morris and C.S. Lewis – The grandfathers of modern fantasy literature
- About George R.R. Martin, Philip Pullman, Patrick Rothfuss and Daniel Abraham – Fantasy authors from recent years
Getting the Fundamentals Right: Choosing which Age Group and Point of View to Use
- About choosing a suitable audience for your story and how it will affect the end result
- The main different age ranges fantasy books are aimed at
- The advantages and disadvantages of first person and third person viewpoints
- How to make transitions between viewpoints
How to Get Started From Getting the First page Spot-on to Creating the Perfect Setting
- Why the first page of a book is so important for fantasy writers
- Ideas for writing a great first page starting with an amazing first line
- What information you should include in your first page
- Why rules and consistency are important when creating both new worlds and magic systems
How to Build Great Characters for Your Fantasy Story
- Why characters are so important when writing your fantasy novel
- Where to find inspiration for your characters
- About building believable characters by creating profiles and personalities for them
- How to add supernatural qualities and a background story
How to Plan a Perfect Plot for your Story
- What a story needs in regards to conflict, tension and plot
- Whether you need to make a plan before starting to write and what this plan should include
- How to give your story structure and what the beginning, middle and end should contain
- Some common plot pitfalls and how to avoid them
How to Use a Backstory without Being Boring
- What backstory is and why it is necessary to have it as part of your fantasy novel
- Why it’s important to limit the amount of backstory you use and keep it relevant
- When you should include backstory and when you shouldn’t
- How to include backstory in different ways in your fantasy book
How to Write Dialogue that makes your Story Flow
- Why dialogue is important to include in your fantasy novel
- Honing and improving your dialogue skills
- Writing dialogue to suit your characters
- Mistakes that fantasy writers should avoid
Advice on Improving Confidence and Sense of Purpose
- Why fantasy writers can lose confidence and sense of purpose
- How to assess your reasons for writing a fantasy novel
- About getting your motivation back
- How taking a break from writing and curing writer’s block
Practical Writing Exercises and Work-shopping of Compositions
- About using writing prompts to get you writing and give you inspiration
- Why some practical writing exercises that are fun and rewarding
- About offering up your work for criticism and feedback
- How to find a workshop to join that suits you
Illustrating your Story and Working with Illustrators
- Whether to have illustrations or not
- What kind of illustration to choose
- How to choose and commission a good illustrator
- How to work with an illustrator
How to Deal with Publishers and Selling your Stories
- How to know if you are ready to start going to publishers
- How to prepare your manuscript professionally
- About copyright and plagiarism
- The lowdown on self-publishing and e-books