Whether you’re huddled around the campfire, composing an email to a friend, or sitting down to write a novel, storytelling is fundamental to human nature. But as any writer can tell you, the blank page can be daunting. It’s tough to know where to get started, what details to include in each scene, and how to move from the kernel of an idea to a completed manuscript.

Writing great fiction isn’t a gift reserved for the talented few. There is a craft to storytelling that can be learned, and studying writing techniques can be incredibly rewarding – both personally and professionally. Even if you don’t have ambitions of penning the next Moby-Dick, you’ll find value in exploring all the elements of fiction.

From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer’s craft. Get tips for developing believable and memorable characters, explore how to craft plausible dialogue that serves the purposes of your narrative, compare the advantages of different points of view, and more. A wealth of exercises will inspire you to practice the many techniques you learn. Professor Hynes is an able guide, showing you what has worked for him and other novelists, and pointing out pitfalls to avoid. Writing Great Fiction is truly an exceptional course for anyone interested in storytelling.

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This article has 3 comments

  1. Piaw Na

    Not just a great course about writing, but also a great course for readers about how the writer’s mind works Every so often I get one of those Great Courses catalogs in the mail. The prices are usually tempting, but audiobooks aren’t a great medium for me: I prefer reading (I can read many times faster than I can listen to someone talk). Finally, when a $6.95 deal came along for Writing Great Fiction, I decided that for the price I could give it a shot.It took me close to 4 months to listen to the entire course, and I have to say that I’m impressed. I’ve long been the kind of person who…

  2. Bror Erickson

    The Creative Writing Class I Always Wanted! Incredible!I really enjoyed this course. I’ve read a lot of books about writing and creative writing, I’ve listened to other courses on writing.I’ve never had a course this good on the subject. Other courses tell you you should read if you want to write. This course explains what it is you are reading. Tell you the truth, I’m sure that I now know more about writing and how to write, and may end up actually writing something, but I am even more sure that now I understand the art of fiction…

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