How to improve fiction writing skills

7 writing courses to choose from:

1. The Great School of Writing

In the first part of your studies you will receive a systematic introduction to the world of writing. Here the most important questions are clarified first. what topic do you want to write about? What makes a good beginning and a successful end? How can you best structure and organize your material? You will gain an overview of various research methods and learn how to find your own style. With the help of many exercises and examples from famous authors, we will teach you how to write in a clear and practical way.

In the second part of your studies you will deal with fiction, beautiful literature. You will become familiar with the specifics of short stories, novels, crime novels and children's books. Step by step you penetrate the intricacies of literary writing. Using selected texts, you will learn how to give your characters depth and life, what makes a good dialogue and how to create an arc of tension that captivates and entertains your readers.

In the third section of your studies, you will devote yourself to non-fictional writing. You will learn how to prepare factual and specialist knowledge in an informative, understandable and interesting way. You will deal with different text forms and media: news, reportage, non-fiction, advice, writing for the radio and the Internet, press reports and popular science writing are part of it.

2. Fiction

In the fiction course, you will receive in-depth training in fictional literature. Fiction encompasses the most varied forms of entertainment literature such as narration, crime thriller, short story and novel. In the fiction course you will get to know the entire spectrum of fiction. You will learn how to entertain, stir or rouse readers and how to create tension and speed in your texts. They invent people and develop lifelike characters. They skillfully depict calmness or movement, conflicts and their solution with language. At the end of the course you will have learned how to find the right linguistic form for every idea and every topic that occurs to you.

3. The great school of fiction

The course combines the areas of "fiction" and "children's and youth literature." You will get to know the entire spectrum of fiction writing. The writing training is extremely varied and enables you to write for all ages. The course is divided into three study sections:

1. In the first stage of study
First learn the "tools" of good writing. You learn to organize your material and your ideas in a meaningful way. You will deal with dialogue techniques, questions of style and exercises to expand your vocabulary. Further topics are research and creativity techniques as well as the differences between storytelling and describing.

2. In the second stage of study
get into the different genres of fiction. They are dedicated to the classic short story and the technique of novel writing. You will learn how to develop an arc of tension and how to give your characters depth and life. You will refine your dialogue technique and learn what you need to consider when choosing your locations and character constellations. With the topics crime novels, science fiction as well as information on synopsis and search for a publisher, you conclude this part of the study.

3. In the third stage of study
dedicate yourself to writing for children and teenagers. You will learn which topics interest children at what age, how to write a text-picture story, how to design actions in the smallest of spaces and much more. One focus is on the developmental psychology of children. Because every age group requires the children's book author to deal with age-specific topics.

4. Children's and youth literature

You will learn how to develop stories for children and teenagers. The theme and characters play an important role. Further points are: narrating in steps of meaning and the narrative perspective in children's literature. You will learn how to solve the contradiction that you write for a child audience, but at the same time you have to meet the taste of the parents who choose the books for their children. With many clear examples from children's and youth literature, we will teach you how to write in a practical and topic-related manner.

5. Writing for material and specialist media

The first part of your studies begins for you with a systematic introduction to the world of writing. Here the most important questions are clarified first. What topic do you want to write about? What makes a good beginning and a successful end? How can you best structure and organize your material? You will get an overview of different research methods and learn how to find your own style. With the help of many exercises and examples from famous authors, we will teach you how to write in a clear and practical way.

In the second section you will first get to know the various areas of application and commandments of non-fictional, i.e. factual, writing. Thorough research and a well-structured outline are important basic work that we will familiarize you with. Then you will learn how to write news, reports, comments and columns. They deal with questions such as "which topic promises success" and "what do I need to know if I want to write about people". At the end you will have learned how to find plastic language and which rules you absolutely have to observe when writing non-fiction books and guides.

6. Journalism

During your studies, you will acquire the skills to write news, reports, interviews, glosses and comments step by step. You will learn how important a current hook is and how, for example, commentary and leading article differ. We will familiarize you with the structure of the media landscape and prepare your start as a journalist. The ethics of journalists as well as the legal basis of freedom of the press and copyright also play an important role.

7. Novel workshop

The Roman workshop pursues a concept that is so far unique in Germany:
In addition to teaching all the basic skills in the art of writing, the focus here is on the participant's specific novel project.

Theory, exercises and practical work on your own novel are the three pillars of the new course. Cared for by study leaders who are professional novelists, your own novel takes shape step by step. At the end of the course you will have written your novel. You will receive a detailed final report on your novel manuscript from the School of Writing.

Regardless of whether you only have a vague idea for a novel or already have a finished manuscript that you would like to revise ... The novel workshop picks you up wherever you are in your writing biography. The new course develops and improves your writing skills and key competencies. At the end you hold your workpiece - your finished novel manuscript - in your hands.

The course is ideal for people who want to fulfill the dream of their first novel of their own and who want continuous feedback and systematic guidance for their writing process. Authors who have already written and who want to professionalise themselves as novelists also benefit from the novel workshop.

Find out here free of charge and without obligation about the courses offered by the School of Writing.

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