Intro to Writing Fiction Professionally

Make People Believe Make-Believe

Summary Summary

Intro to Writing Fiction Professionally is a six-part online course taught by an award-winning journalist and critically acclaimed author. It will walk you through character building, settings, story structure, the ever important “show, don’t tell,” and other important writing skills. The course is built from more than a decade of years of interviews with professional authors as well the instructor’s own experiences. This course will involve weekly writing assignments with instructor feedback, as well as tips for breaking into the writing industry.

The course is designed to guide participants into creating a productive writing space and habit, develop strong characters, build a cohesive plot, and enter the publishing world with some foreknowledge of what it takes to succeed.

Participants will obtain insights about what it’s like to be a professional writer, as well as create a basic protagonist and outline for their own novel.

This course is lecture-based with segments of feedback for homework assignments.

You’ve got an idea for a novel, the perfect space opera, a chilling horror tale, or the best coming of age story ever conceived.

The only question now is: how do you turn that into an actual book that people buy and makes you money? Starting a book can be a real nightmare, which is why we’ve designed a course that will lay out all the basics for a crafting a great novel or other writing project.

Beyond Once Upon A Time

  • Goals: Gain skills to start a new story.

  • Writing: Create the structure to write productively every day

  • Knowledge: Be confident about entering the publishing world armed with managed expectations.

  • Outside Reading: Books recommended to help spark further development.

  • Interested in selling your book? Know how to elevator pitch..


This class is 6 weeks and will attempt to have multiple timeslots to accomodate all timezones.

Video Recordings

This class is recorded so you'll be able to keep up to date even if you miss a session.

10 Credits

This class takes 10 credits to enroll.

Instructor, TA, and Peer education

This class has an instructor, a TA, and peer run assistance to help answer your questions. This class' format is lecture-based.

Direct Access

You will have direct access to the experts instructing this course.

Dedicated Weekly Events

This class had a dedicated event specifically designed for it. This is in addition to the normal Closing Credit events.


Building Blocks


  • Learning how to make writing an easy and productive practice
  • What to expect when you enter the world of professional writing
  • Seeing what makes a character compelling.
  • Catering your novel to the classic story structure that most successful books follow.
  • Look at the current state of publishing and deciding the path that is best for you.
  • A critique of your novel’s synopsis.

Week By Week

  • Week 1: Deciding What Kind of Writer to Be / Maximize Your Writing Time
  • Week 2: Creating a Main Character
  • Week 3: Story Structure
  • Week 4: Whipping a Manuscript Into Shape
  • Week 5: Building a Brand/Marketing
  • Week 6: Traditional vs. Self Publishing/Synopsis Critique

How to build a character that has believable motivations and behaves accordingly. Fictional characters follow the same realism that we do.

Standard Member Benefits

What you'll get as a Closing Credits member

Every course comes with extra benefits just for being a member of Closing Credits

Instructor Led Courses

6 to 12 week courses with an industry professional to guide you through.

Closing Credits Community

Access to our private Discord, forums, email lists. Work through fun and interesting challenges with your future colleagues and network.

Weekly Events

New Events, Workshops, Webinars, Panels, and Exercises Weekly.

Material From All Available Courses

Your interests change, and Closing Credits changes with you. Read and watch all the material from all available courses. We are always adding new courses you can consume on your own time.


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