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Beginning Your Novel - From Idea to First Draft
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Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Aspiring and seasoned writers interested in learning to write novels, or working with writer’s block.
Many people want to write a novel, but most have no idea where to begin. This course guides you through the process, from identifying a workable concept to developing a working outline and beginning a first draft. We will discuss outlining a plot, developing characters, and finding the necessary tools to reach publication.
Course Objectives
  1. develop a road map for how to write a novel.
  2. explore character development and novel structure.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Identifying a workable book concept
    Developing a writing habit
  2. Getting to know your characters
    Outlining basics
  3. Inciting events and big beginnings
    Finding support - Critique groups and writer friends
  4. Story architecture and sub-plots
    Dealing with self-doubt and writer’s block
  5. First 50 pages review
    What’s next? How to finish your first draft.
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Basic writing experience
Text and Supplies Needed
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 80% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Aspiring and seasoned writers interested in learning to write novels, or working with writer’s block.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
  • Write Fiction Like a Pro - CSP-4000DME
  • Beginning Writer's Workshop - CSP-4000CAE
  • How to Write, Publish, and Promote Your Book! - CSP-4000JB3
Course Contact Information
Michael Langer