Course Description

Welcome to a whole new approach to writing!

Internationally-bestselling novelist, attorney, and produced screenwriter Michaelbrent Collings has been working with words for over two decades, and for the last ten years has provided writing assistance to more people than he can remember. Now he is offering to share the secrets he has learned... with you!

In this comprehensive course, you will learn about the art and craft of writing everything from novels to poetry to screenplays. Some of what you will learn:

The Elements of Storytelling

  • The single indicator of a "real" writer.
  • Origins of story
  • Principles of Telling a Story
  • Structure, aka, the mysterious "three act arc"
  • Why character matters
  • Dialogue tools and tricks
  • Conflict and how to create it while "keeping it real"
  • Setting as Character
  • Principles of Suspense - the most important tool of any successful writer
  • Principles of Horror/Comedy (and why they are almost the same thing)
  • Principles of Mystery
  • Principles of Romance
  • Principles of Sci-fi/Fantasy
  • Anatomy of a scene
  • The Secret to Never Getting Writers Block

The ONLY Kinds of Prose Writing

  • Novels
  • Plays
  • Screenplay
  • Comics/Graphic Novels (aka "the bastard child")

Poetry - More Than Just a Great way to Fall Asleep

  • Defining Poetry
  • Common Characteristics of Poetry
  • Applying Poetry Principles to "Real Writing"

The Strange Story of Novels

  • History of the novel
  • Novel format
  • Novel structure

The Commercial Side of Writing

  • Dealing with contracts
  • Differences between electronic publishing and traditional publishing
  • Selling in the Electronic Age

And much more!

So sit back, grab a pen and paper for notes... and let's get writing!

Bestselling author and screenwriter

Michaelbrent Collings

Michaelbrent Collings is an internationally-bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award nominee, produced screenwriter, and one of the top indie horror writers in the U.S.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • 1 Introduction

  • 2

    Lesson 1: The Origins of Story

    • Lesson 1 The Origins of Story

    • Origins of story exercise

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Origins Continued & Story Basics

    • Lesson 2 Origins Continued and Story Basics

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Do You Have What it Takes to be a "Real" Writer?

    • Lesson 3 Do You Have What it Takes to be a Real Writer

    • Are you a "Real" Writer exercise

  • 5

    Lesson 4: Oogah Boogah: Critical Clarity

    • Lesson 4 Oogah Boogah Critical Clariity

    • Clarity tools handout and exercise 1

    • Clarity tools handout and exercise 1 ANSWER KEY

    • Clarity tools exercise 2

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Poetry in Prose

    • Lesson 5 Poetry in Prose

    • Poetry excercise

  • 7

    Lesson 6: Principles of Storytelling: What do all "Good" Stories Have in Common?

    • Lesson 6 What Good Stories Have in Common

  • 8

    Lesson 7: Principles of Storytelling: Know Your Audience

    • Lesson 7 Principles of Storytellling Know Your Audience

    • Know your audienc

  • 9

    Lesson 8: Story Structure - It all Starts With a Wish

    • Lesson 8 Story Structure it all Starts With a Wish

  • 10

    Lesson 9: Temporality: When the Heck am I?

    • Lesson 9 Temporality When the Heck am I

    • Temporality exercise

  • 11

    Lesson 10: Character: Saying Everything With Nothing

    • Lesson 10 Character When Plot Attacks

    • Character exercise

  • 12

    Lesson 11: Dialogue: Helpful Hints

    • Lesson 11 Dialogue Helpful Hints

    • Dialogue exercise

  • 13

    Lesson 12: Conflict: Can't We All Just Not Get Along?

    • Lesson 12 Conflict Cant We All Just Not Get Along

    • Conflict exercise

  • 14

    Lesson 13: Setting in Story

    • Lesson 13 Setting in Story

    • Setting exercise

  • 15

    Lesson 14: Scene: The Basic Building Block

    • Scene: The Basic Building Block

  • 16

    Lesson 15: What is This "Genre" Thing?

    • Lesson 15 What is This Genre Thing

  • 17

    Lesson 16: The Suspense is Killing Me!

    • Lesson 16 The Suspense is Killing Me

    • Suspense exercise

  • 18

    Lesson 17: Horror and Comedy: We Die Laughing

    • Lesson 17 Horror and Comedy we Die Laughing

    • Horror/comedy exercise

  • 19

    Lesson 18: Mystery: A Little Bit Backwards

    • Lesson 18 Mystery a Little Bit Backwards

    • Mystery exercise

  • 20

    Lesson 19: Romance: Literary Hook-ups

    • Lesson 19 Romance Literary Hookups

    • Romance exercise

  • 21

    Lesson 20: Sci-fi and Fantasy: Lasers and Dragons and Singing, Oh My!

    • Sci fi and fantasy: Lasers and Dragons and Singing, Oh My!

    • Sci fi and fantasy exercise

  • 22

    Lesson 21: Theme (Whatever THAT is)

    • Lesson 21 Theme Whatever THAT is

    • Theme exercise

  • 23

    Lesson 22: Senses in Storytelling: When it's Good to Stink

    • Lesson 22 Senses in Storytelling

    • Senses exercise

  • 24

    Lesson 23: Modes of Storytelling

    • Lesson 23 Modes of Storytelling

  • 25

    Lesson 24: The LIE of Writer's Block

    • Lesson 24 The LIE of Writers Block

    • Writers block exercise

  • 26

    Lesson 25: Differences Between Trad-pub and E-pub

    • Lesson 25 Differences between epub and tradpub

    • Epub vs Tradpub exercise

  • 27

    Lesson 26: Contracts for Fools and Writers

    • Lesson 26 Contracts for Fools and Writers

    • Contracts exercise

    • Marketing exercise

    • Marketing information packet

  • 28

    Conclusion: Go Forth and Write

    • Conclusion Go Forth and Write

    • Conclusion exercise

Reviews

5 star rating

Great course!

James Beers

Michaelbrent's course on story and the art and craft of writing was fantastic! I particularly enjoyed the sections on the myth of writer's block and on marke...

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Michaelbrent's course on story and the art and craft of writing was fantastic! I particularly enjoyed the sections on the myth of writer's block and on marketing. Also of note was Michaelbrent's ability to deliver the course - I could tell by the way he naturally delivered his message that he really knew his stuff. Well done, Mr. Collings!

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