Advanced Writing

24 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Welcome to Advanced Writing!  Whether you successfully completed our Beginner's Writing Workshop course, or you've been busy writing fiction on your own, there is something to be gained by moving to our next level of writing.  If you are comfortable with the basics of writing such as plot, story, building characters and editing, it's time to build on your talents and delve into topics such as narratives, viewpoints, scene building and writing beginnings and endings. Join us as we explore these and other topics!

Students will:
  • explore ways in which a literary narrative can be expanded
  • learn techniques for generating greater clarity in writing
  • discover ways in which to create a gripping and powerful story openings
  • identify components used to craft powerful story endings
  • review the steps necessary to ready a novel or story for submission to an agent/publisher

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Choosing a Viewpoint

Lesson 1 takes us through the different viewpoints available in writing.  We discuss the pros and cons of each which will help you decide which one to use in your fiction.

Lesson 2: Expanding Your Narrative

There are 4 basic types of writing; expository, persuasive, descriptive and narrative. Each has a unique purpose. In this lesson, we focus on narrative writing and ways in which to expand it in order to create a richer, more complex and detailed story.

Lesson 3: Creating Clarity and Interest 

In this lesson we explore five ways of generating better clarity and interest to your writing.  We'll discuss some common techniques that writers use to draw in their reader.

Lesson 4: Writing Powerful Beginnings

This lesson addresses the process of getting your story ready for submission to a publisher or agent.  We'll review specific "do"s and "don't"s that will help you deliver a well-prepared manuscript.

Lesson 5: Crafting Strong Endings

Getting your story started can be a challenge.  In this lesson we discuss common components of a great story beginning, as well as things you may want to avoid.  

Lesson 6: Preparing for Publishing

In this lesson we look at creating a story ending that not only delivers on the promise we made in our opening scene, but satisfies the reader with a logical and perhaps thought provoking outcome.

All necessary course materials are included.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **