If you’re looking for a list of the best online novel writing courses, the following compilation has been put together especially for you.
Founded in 2015, MasterClass is a platform which encompasses online courses in a wide range of fields, from writing to culinary arts. These courses are available at any given time for every person who wants to learn using this method. As the MasterClass community is inclusive, they invite all individuals with disabilities to reach them, so that they can figure out ways of accommodating them better.
In terms of writing, MasterClass provides courses taught by several public figures – for instance, if you’re a fan of The Handmaid’s Tales, you can apply for Margaret Atwood’s online series of creative writing lessons. Point of View Case Studies and Structuring your Novel: Layered Narratives and Other Variations are just two of the titles you will find in her list of videos. At the same time, you can opt for writing courses from Dan Brown, Neil Gaiman, or even Joyce Carol Oates.
Two passes with access to all classes cost $208. To find out more, you can contact them here.
This course is taught by Jessica Brody, an award-winning writing instructor and a bestselling author who has published her novels in more than 23 countries. Furthermore, she has collaborated several times with Disney Press in order to develop and write novels based on well-known Disney properties.
In short, this course will allow you to learn how to plot a novel in 15 steps, to understand what makes a novel successful, to determine the weak points of your manuscript, to discover the secret storytelling code present in every great story, and to obtain a deeper understanding of story and plot structure, among others.
The full price is €99.99, but it may change during periods when discounts are applied – for instance, it is now available for €18.99. It includes 3 hours and a half of on-demand videos, 2 articles, 6 downloadable resources, unlimited access for life, and a few more. There is no date displayed, so it’s safe to assume that you can take this course whenever you want to on the Udemy platform. You can learn more here.
Taught by Steve Alcorn, this Novel Writing Workshop is also available on Udemy. If you choose to complete it, you will learn how to turn your idea into a novel, to create a successful premise, to construct your novel in three acts, to explore viewpoint, voice, and tense, and to discover dramatic elements, among many others.
It doesn’t matter if you’re only an aspiring writer or if you’re already experienced in the field – as long as you want to improve your skills, this workshop is for you. It will cover a broad range of topics, which includes character building, setting, conflict, mystery, suspense, and dialogue.
With 10 hours of on-demand videos, 48 downloadable resources, and a few other others, this course has a full price of €194.99. However, if you hurry, you may still be able to purchase it at €19.99. To learn more, click here.
This course will be led by Andrew Butcher, a writer whose books have often been ranked as #1 on both Amazon and other online eBook stores. Also available on Udemy, the workshop already has more than 5750 enrolled students so far.
In terms of benefits, it will help you learn how to weave plot lines, to create complex characters, to write an entire novel from scratch, to create vivid story locations, and to write your draft faster, among many others. Your level of experience in the writing field is irrelevant, as this course is meant to improve your skills regardless.
The full price is €19.99, and you have a 30-day guarantee that you will get your money back if it doesn’t satisfy you. If you choose to enroll, you will get 2 hours and a half of on-demand videos, 1 hour and a half of on-demand audio, 37 downloadable resources, and a few more. To learn more, you can search for information here.
Brought to you by The Novelry, this course is led by Louise Dean, an award-winning and Booker Prize longlisted author of four novels. With over 20 years of experience in the field, she will teach you everything you need to know in order to manage writing a successful novel.
Her lessons are provided via text and video, and they will help you learn about essential writing habits, about constructing strong characters, and about ways to unleash your imagination, to name a few. Lastly, you will also receive feedback regarding your first draft from the other writers, as you will become a part of a community which provides online support 24/7.
You can start this course anytime for the price of $499/£399 – this involves downloads, plotting spreadsheets, texts, materials, and more. For an extra £14.99 you can also obtain membership, and for £75/45 minutes you can speak directly with Louise. If you have any questions, you can further inquire here.
This 6-week course is taught online by Jana Casale, a writer who has a BFA in Fiction from Emerson College, as well as an MSt in Creative Writing from Oxford. The classes are programmed during May 5 – June 9, and they’re going to be held every Tuesday, between 8-10 p.m. ET/5-7 p.m. PT. Each class involves 8 students at most.
The main focus of the course will be writing, and each participant will have to bring two beginning chapters of their novel, so that they can receive feedback from their colleagues. In terms of advantages, you will leave this course with an understanding of both the process of selling a novel and of the concept of a long narrative, with strong first pages (or even chapters), and with a 10% discount on all future Catapult classes, among others.
The price required is $395. To ask any questions, click here.
Also provided through the Catapult online platform, this course’s instructor is Jennifer Close, a bestselling author and a graduate of Boston College. Even more, Jennifer also has an MFA in Fiction Writing from the New School, and has gained 8 years of experience in teaching Creative Writing at George Washington University.
Her sessions will take place every Wednesday between May 6 – July 22, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. ET/from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. PT. It will involve the understanding of the mechanics which are used to write a novel, as well as single writer workshops. If you want to sign up, you can only do so as long as you already have a few pages of work-in-progress available for submission (genres and writing styles don’t matter).
The price for this course is $1,199 – to find out more, try to reach the Catapult team here.
A 10-week class provided by the Gotham Writers, Part 1 of Novel First Draft is held through Zoom conference on April 15, as well as online on April 22 and May 13. As of the latter, the instructor will be Katherine Taylor, the author of two novels and the holder of a MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
The aim of the workshop is that of powering through the first draft of your novel by learning about successful techniques of novel writing. Even more, you will also gain information about how to market your work.
The full price for the online class is $409 ($379 for returning students). The registration fee is $25, and you have to pay it once per term. If you have any questions, you can further inquire here.
Provided by Faber Academy, Writing a Novel is an advanced course of fiction which is going to take place between September 23, 2020 and April 29, 2021.
It is divided into 13 sessions which require 5-7 hours of weekly study in order to be able to complete the tasks and to make progress on your novel. Some of the topics you will discuss are voice, viewpoint, structure, character, description, using scenes, revising, editing, and the publishing process. The tutor will provide each participant with one-on-one feedback, audio notes, recordable Zoom tutorials, and more.
Since the deadline for applications is on 19 August at midnight, you still have plenty of time to make a decision. The full price of the course is £2,500. To learn more, you can contact the team here.
Advanced Novel Writing is a workshop provided by Writer’s Digest University. It includes five three-week sessions, and for each of them you will have to submit 10,000 words for review – the first ones are due 10 days after the class begins. Your instructor will be either Mark Spencer or Terri Valentine, depending on the period you choose.
Mainly, you will learn how to write 200 pages of your novel, to properly make the revisions needed before publication, and you will find out useful tips on writing and improving your work. Even more, your writings will be critiqued and you will receive valuable feedback from the instructor as well.
This course is ideal for people who have already started working on their projects, whether they’re novelists, writers who wish to make progress towards publication, or students. There are three different periods for which you can enroll: the first one starts on April 23, the second one starts on May 21, and the third one, on June 18. The full price is $799.99 – to learn more, you can contact them using the information displayed here.
Led by Mark Spencer, this workshop is also provided by the Writer’s Digest University. It consists of twelve sessions which will unfold between April 30 and July 24, between May 28 and August 21, or between June 25 and September 18, depending on which period you prefer.
To name a few examples, the second session will involve the fundamentals of scene writing, determining your novel’s perspective, and developing your characters, while session nine will consist of the importance and function of the climax scene, raising the stakes for your protagonist, and of tips and tricks for writing your climax scene. You will learn how to develop and improve your ideas, as well as useful techniques for outlining your novel, among others. Therefore, this course is appropriate for people who want to write a novel, but who aren’t prepared to do it yet.
In terms of costs, you will have to pay $599.99 to enroll. To find out more, you can contact the team here.
Held between May 14 and June 25, Starting to Write Your Novel is an online workshop provided by Curtis Brown Creative and conducted by Anna Davis, the author of five successful novels, as well as a former teacher of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.
If you want to start writing a novel, but you’re not sure how to do it yet, this course will allow you to gain practical support with the basics. In short, it involves weekly teaching modules, resources and notes, dedicated teaching videos, writing tasks, and a student forum where you can receive feedback from both your peers and an expert CBC editor.
The full price for the course is £225, but you can also pay an extra £125 for a 500-word report on the quality of your work. If the description doesn’t include information you would like to know, you can ask them about it here.
Taught by Jennie Nash, this course is provided through the CreativeLive platform to writers who either can’t manage to start their novel, or who can’t find a proper end for it.
As the founder of Author Accelerator, which is a strategic book coaching service, she is able to help you make use of your creativity in a way that will allow you to create a strong framework. In short, you will learn how to define your narrator’s voice, to design your characters, plot, and story structure, to decide on your perspective regarding human nature, and a few more. With 21 video lessons in HD, over 5 hours of class content, exclusive bonus content, and lifetime access, you will gain both the skills and the confidence to finish your novel successfully.
The full price is $99, but, if you hurry, you may be able to get it for $59. To find out more, contact the CreativeLive team here.
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