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Online Writing Courses

At Ellechor Publishing House, LLC it is our goal to get you a few steps closer to producing that best-selling novel.  That's why we offer intensive online writing courses. Here you will discover the basics of what makes a book unique, as you write a novel that builds with careful attention to craft, and with openness to those creative leaps that will make it exceptional.

Our courses are taught by published authors, experienced teachers and publishers. Our goal is to empower and develop writers so they can achieve their goals or producing quality, publication ready material.

*Authors under a traditional contract with us enjoy the benefits of these courses free!

You can expect to learn how to do the following:

  1. Develop an outline (10 pages) for your original novel
  2. Write a pitch to use when approaching literary agents or publishers
  3. Define a plan to complete your novel in three months and your corresponding writing schedule

We will support you even after the course!

  1. A certified life or writing coach will be available to you for up to four sessions to ensure that you stay on schedule
  2. You may submit your compeleted manuscript to EPH at any time, even if our unsolicited manuscript acceptance period is closed


EPH102 Writing Techniques

11/14/2010

Registration Deadline:
11/05/2010
Instructor:
Olson Perry, Sr
Course Developer:
Andrea Hall & Olson Perry, Sr
Tuition:
$299.00
ABOUT THIS UNIQUE ONLINE COURSE

This intensive eight-week online course is for serious writers with a developed concept or idea for a new novel. Using Donald Maass’ bestselling book "Writing the Breakout Novel" as our guide, we'll discover the basics of what makes a novel unique. The best novel begins with a premise that is plausible, original, emotional, and rich in conflicts to explore and inspires and guides you as you build on that foundation. This course, then, will assist you as you begin with the premise and build over eight weeks as the “breakout novel” builds: with careful attention to craft and an openness to those creative leaps which will make your novel exceptional.

In this course you will

  1. Develop an outline (10 pages) for your original novel
  2. Write a pitch to use when approaching literary agents or publishers
  3. Define a plan to complete your novel in three months and your corresponding writing schedule

After this course you will

  1. Work with a certified life coach for an additional four sessions to ensure you stay on schedule (A $200 value, included FREE with registration to this course)
  2. Free write using the techniques you have learned- the goal at this point will be quantity with quality

 
STRUCTURE

The course will consist of eight one or two-day sessions. Each session will include an online lecture, associated textbook reading assignments, and creative writing and exercises submitted to the instructor for private review.

In addition, the course provides a number of interactive venues through which you might further the conversation with your peers, published authors and advance the cause of the workshop as community. While there are no specific word count requirements, we encourage the serious writer to write at least 10,000 words during this course. 

Course Length:
8 weeks
Textbooks to purchase:

 
COURSE OUTLINE

Session 1- Originality of Idea & Creativity

  • Learning Outcomes:  The student will learn about the expectations of this course and share their hopes and dreams. The student will learn how to develop an original idea as well as how to create a strong premise by using his/her imagination asking the questions “what if...”
  • Elements of Performance: 
    • A narrative summary of the novel you'll be working on in this workshop and the start of you novel outline (maximum 750 words)
  • Study Textbook Chapter 2 “Premise”
  • Discussion Topic: Workbook Lesson “Outlining Your Novel” 

 

 

Session 2- The First Pages

  • Learning Outcomes: The student will learn how to write/rewrite the first few pages of his/her manuscript to capture the reader’s attention from the beginning.
  • Elements of Performance:
    • Writing Assignment: The opening pages of your novel (2,000 words)
  • Study Textbook Chapter 3 “Stakes”
  • Discussion Topic: Workbook Lessons “First/Last Lines”, “Public Stakes” and “Personal Stakes”, “Ultimate Stakes”
 
 

Session 3- Setting  

  • Learning Outcomes:  The students will learn how to create a setting that adds to the story providing just the right amount of information the reader needs without blocking or slowing down the story.
  • Elements of Performance:
    • Writing Assignment: A description of your setting and a brief explanation of how it functions in your novel
  • Study Textbook Chapter 4 “Time and Place”
  • Discussion Topic: Workbook Lessons “Setting” and “Moments in Time”
 

  

Session 4- Characters & Character Development (2 Parts) 

  • Learning Outcomes:  The student will learn how to create main characters that are clearly described in a way that allows the reader to easily visualize them. They will create characters in which the readers could describe them accurately because they are well developed and easily identifiable.
  • Elements of Performance:
    • Writing Assignment: Your cast of characters with a brief description of each one's role in the story (1,000 words); A scene that shows at least two of your important characters interacting, using the techniques discussed in this session (maximum 1,000 words)
  • Part 1
    • Study Textbook Chapter 5 “Characters”
    • Discussion Topic: Workbook Lessons “From Protagonist to Hero”, “Multidimensional Characters”, “Larger-Than-Life Character Qualities”
  • Part 2
    • Study Workbook “Heightening Larger-Than-Life Qualities”, “Creating Secondary Characters”, “Antagonists”
    • Discussion Topic: Workbook Lessons “Character Delineation” and “Inner Change”
  
 

Session 5- Plot (2 Parts)

  • Learning Outcomes:  The student will create a plot that provides a frame-work to present characters and theme. It gives shape and meaning to the conflict through simplicity, clarity, and dramatic action.
  • Elements of Performance:
    • Writing Assignment: Write 4,000 words of your novel choosing to focus on the development of one of the five plot elements
  • Part 1
    • Study Textbook Chapter 6 “Plot” and Chapter 7 “Contemporary Plot Techniques”
    • Discussion Topic: Workbook Lessons “Plot Layers” and “Weaving a Story”
  • Part 2
    • Study Textbook Chapter 8 “Multiple Viewpoints, Subplots, Pace, Voice, Endings” and Chapter 9 “Advanced Plot Structures”
    • Discussion Topic: Workbook Lessons “Point of View” and “Subplots”
 
 

Session 6- Theme

  • Learning Outcomes: The student will learn how to create a theme that may be universal but described in depth using symbols and other techniques.
  • Elements of Performance:
    • A completed outline of your novel as well as a pitch for a potential agent or editor and a plan for finishing your first draft.
  • Study Textbook Chapter 10 “Theme”
  • Discussion Topic: Workbook Lessons “Theme”, “Symbols” and “The Pitch”

 
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