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Writing a Best-seller


If you are dedicated, determined and love this exciting genre, the course will show you how to understand, plot and produce an entertaining thriller of your own.

The Thriller's popularity has evolved over the last hundred years as the media industry has also developed. It is, by definition, a genre to excite - to thrill. It encompasses mystery, suspense, adventure, politics and espionage, technology, the supernatural and the many and varied human states of mind and being. Everyday people face extraordinary events, which cause them to change and grow, ultimately overcoming the cause of the drama.

You will study the work of successful thriller writers, along with ten comprehensive course modules. Each module will explain and introduce the essential elements of the genre. Set assignments have been designed to develop your understanding of the thriller, helping you to explore and develop your own novel and writing style. Your work will receive constructive, balanced critiques to help you learn and grow as a writer. If ten assignments are not sufficient then there will be an opportunity to buy 'extensions' should you wish to continue.

Thrillers entertain: they provide page turning drama and suspense. This course will show you how you can write your own - all you need are commitment and the desire to do it.

 

Course Syllabus

  1. Lesson 1: Ideas and Plot Development

    Learn how to develop ideas from various sources by turning them into interesting and unique plots - nurturing a fresh angle.

  2. Lesson 2: Genres

    Gain an understanding of the various genres of mystery and suspense. Learn how to apply this to your own work and adapt the idea further.

  3. Lesson 3: Telling the Story

    Understand the key emphasis of the story. Decide how information is released to the reader, by which characters using the most effective viewpoint.

  4. Lesson 4: Descriptive Writing

    Identify the descriptive voice, learning how much description to include within the chosen project and how to determine the best voice to create the desired effect.

  5. Lesson 5: The Narrative Voice

    By understanding the narrative voice the student learns how to advance a plot, establish character, include description and introduce exposition in an interesting way.

  6. Lesson 6: Dialogue

    Writing strong dialogue establishes believable characters, advances the plot and conveys information effectively.

  7. Lesson 7: Characterisation

    Every character from hero/heroine, villain and supporting characters has to be understood. Decide the level of information and characterisation needed for the plot development.

  8. Lesson 8: Beginnings and Endings

    Learn how to create a gripping opening and why, as well as a satisfying emotive ending. Leave your reader keen to buy your next book!

  9. Lesson 9: Planning and Working

    From planning the characters, events and locations through plotting and building a structure you will be able to create a work plan based on goals and targets set for writing your novel.

  10. Lesson 10: Getting Published

    How to look for an agent or publisher; working with them as you build a career whilst developing the next novel.

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