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The ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I)
(leading to ExpertRating Writing Certification-Fiction Writing).

What’s the single biggest difference between professional authors and novices? Professionals know how to structure novels and stories for maximum dramatic effect. This course helps you develop the same story structuring skills the pros use. You'll understand how your passion, theme, premise, and characters help you create the structure of your story, and you'll discover how viewpoint, dialogue, pacing, and many other techniques are used to build scenes and move your story from beginning to end.
 

Each assignment in this course helps you develop your own original novel or story. As you apply each technique, your story will take shape, with a clear path from beginning to end. And whenever you have questions or insights to share, you can join your instructor and classmates in the Discussion Area for some interactive brainstorming! Before you know it, you’ll be prepared to ...write fiction like a pro.
 

Buy the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I)- $129.99

This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be Steve Alcorn.

Steve Alcorn

About the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) instructor :Steve Alcorn is the published author of a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works, including the mystery "A Matter of Justice," the historical novel "Everything in Its Path," the romance "Ring of Diamonds" (under the pseudonym Sharon Stevens), and an illustrated journal of his travels around the world called "Travel Kid." When he isn't writing and teaching, Steve serves as the president of Alcorn McBride Inc., a company that engineers equipment for all of your favorite theme park rides.

 Online Fiction Writing Course requirements: For taking this instructor led ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) you need Internet access, E-mail, and the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser.

  Testimonials: The ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) has received overwhelming positive feedback and reviews from students around the world. Here are a few:

"Absolutely wonderful - that is what I have to say about this class. This is the 4th online writing class I've taken in the past 6 months and this is by far the best and has provided me with a very valuable tool. Your approach is personable, clear and concise. It is also exciting and rewarding. You have provided the framework that will help me achieve my writing goals. I appreciated your honest and constructive feedback and will take your suggestions to heart. Thank you, Steve, for sharing your knowledge. Your passion and enthusiasm for writing is contagious."

"A professor once told me I thought in cliches. Ahhhh, a hackneyed writer. I would never be one of those magical writers who reach in to thin air and produce something so new and wonderous - something that no one's ever seen before. That comment has haunted me ever since. It has made me doubt if I should continue to write. Still, I struggled on, writing in circles, and rewriting myself in to corners with dangling endings, and 1/2 dimensional characters. The difference in Steve's approach is that he tells us beginning writers often make this mistake, and then continues on to tell us how to correct it. What a difference! Steve's approach lets us know that it's all right, and shows us how to solve that problem. Having someone get published during the course was very exciting, and your encouraging words, Steve, kept me going. Story outlining alone is a priceless tool. Put that together with scene and sequel and your long form becomes an organic property that can grow and change as you work through your story logic. And all the other things like style, cadence, musicality, etc. can only improve with practice. Everything was explained clearly and was easy to grasp. I plan to take your mystery writing class too, Steve. You are a very gifted instructor."

"As for what I have learned during this class - it's priceless! On beginning this course, all I really had in mind was a basic idea; one paragraph at most. Now, I feel that through understanding the logical sequence of structure, characters, and the rest of the many pieces of this writing puzzle, I have developed a true story idea that I can complete. Steve, thank you immensely for your guidance; your simple and logical steps have helped me on my way to where I was trying to go!"

"As for what I have learned in the class...everything in the class was new to me and presented in such a clear and simple fashion. So my list of learnings is long. My key takeaway is the applicability of the structure we have learned in my daily life. As I we have learned the elements, I have repeatedly seen that they are the backbone of everyday experiences. Looking at life with this structure in mind has given me a new perspective. As well, I am starting to apply the structure to my conversation and work and it has really helped me to articulate my ideas beter."

"As I am a complete 'writing novice' this course has been invaluable, I have learnt far more than I ever thought possible in the duration of the course. I found the instructor to be very helpful and have a genuine interest in my progress. An excellent instructive and absorbing six weeks."

"A very excellent, useful and fascinating course with an excellent instructor. I had no idea how to write fiction before I started and didn't know it. I learned the point of a fiction piece and how to construct one, and why to do it that way. Very logical, easy to understand, and the two sides of the course (the lessons themselves plus the instructor's comments and critiques in the discussion area) were needed to fully understand and put everything to good use. Very well done."

 

 Buy the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I)- $129.99

ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I)

(leading to ExpertRating Writing Certification-Fiction Writing)

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When you choose the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) you can be sure that you are buying a premium International certification that is recognized by hundreds of employers and Government bodies in the US and other countries.

 

 With ExpertRating you get certified quickly online and you are equipped with a store house of information through the in-depth ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) Courseware which has been developed by experienced Writing and Publishing Experts.

 The ExpertRating Writing Certification is by far the best value for money instructor led Writing Program at $129.99.

    

Some Popular questions and answers about this ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) and certification:

 How much does the Writing Certification cost and what does it include?

You can buy this ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) leading to Writing certification at a special offer price of only $129.99 which includes the in-depth ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) Courseware and exam fee. This is the best value for money Writing Program available till date. You get the following services within the USD $129.99 fee.

 In-depth ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) Courseware including scenarios and case studies.

 An instructor to guide you through the course and to whom you can direct your questions.

 World wide airmail delivery of the hard copy Writing Certificate. The Writing Certificate can be used to prove your certified status and does not mention the words "online".

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How do I get certified?

The process of getting yourself certified is very simple. All you have to do is buy the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) for $129.99. Log in to the instructor led course using your password. Go through the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) Courseware (which would take you 6 weeks) and complete the final Writing Certification exam at your convenience. You can complete the exam within 2 months of buying the Writing Certification. The result of the exam appears as soon as it is completed, and your Writing Certificate is mailed immediately.

What learning aids will I get?

The ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) includes the following learning aids:

24 x 7 hour access to the courseware. A printer friendly version of the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) is also provided

A friendly instructor to answer your questions online

A discussion area to have your questions answered

Chapter end quizzes to ensure that you are learning important aspects of every chapter

Chapter assignments to help you practically use the Writing that you will learn during the Writing Course.

What is the final exam like?

The final exam is fully based upon the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) Courseware that is provided along with the Writing Certification. If you have gone through the courseware properly you should not have a problem clearing the exam. The exam consists of multiple choice questions from all chapters of the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) Courseware.

What are the course start dates?

ExpertRating instructor led courses commence every month, you can always choose a suitable date for your course commencement in any month. To see available course start dates, please click on the "Enroll now" button. All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when the lesson is released, but you must complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

A new section of each course starts on the second or third Wednesday of each month. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

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According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, writers and editors held about 306,000 jobs in 2006.

Many people who take up the craft and hobby of writing turn to fiction. Fiction is the big daddy of the creative writing world. Perhaps writers gravitate to fiction because everybody has a story to tell. You can create fiction from life. You can create fiction from the rusty innards of your imagination. You can create fiction that tells a 500-page story, or fiction that tells its story in just a few short pages.


 

There are some rules and some structures to follow. To write good fiction, you must have a basic understanding of some basic concepts. Then, you must understand how to turn those concepts into a readable story. You have to learn how to use dialogue, how to find your setting and theme and how to write a story that's captivating, interesting and which readers will want to read. The ExpertRating Write Fiction Like a Pro Certification course will unravel the secrets of great fiction writing.

ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Fiction Writing-I) Coverage (6 weeks program)  

Week One

Wednesday - Lesson 01

The name of this course really says it all! For the next six weeks, this lesson will focus on techniques that professional authors use to write effectively and efficiently and that guarantee a story structure that delivers maximum emotional impact. After all, connecting with your audience is what great writing is all about, right? This first lesson will explore the idea of story structure, and you'll discover that nearly every piece of fiction that works follows the same fundamental rules. This lesson will also look at the often misunderstood difference between story and plot, a concept that will be vital throughout the rest of this course.

Friday - Lesson 02

At the heart of every story are the dramatic elements of passion, theme, character, and premise. Your passion is what drives you to tell your story, and the theme is the underlying message it carries. To convey your theme, you'll create characters who represent that theme—either positively or negatively. Put all of these together and you've got your premise. This lesson will talk about all of these elements.

Week Two

Wednesday - Lesson 03

Character is what story is all about. Without a character, and a change in that character, there can be no story. In this lesson, you'll discover why the best characters are flawed. This lesson will explore your main character—the protagonist—and the opposition forces of the antagonist. And finally, it'll take a look at the other characters who round out your story.

Friday - Lesson 04

This is the first of three lessons in which you'll see how to construct a story outline, act by act. In Act 1, you'll learn how to hook your readers. Then you'll fill them in with some character history called backstory. And finally, you'll exit Act 1 with a bang by triggering a traumatic event in the life of your protagonist.

Week Three

Wednesday - Lesson 05-

If Act 1 ends with a bang, Act 2 starts with a whimper. Your protagonist begins in crisis, an emotional state brought on by his or her flaw. And because of that flaw, your protagonist will struggle throughout Act 2, as the antagonist deals with setback after setback. Fortunately, at the conclusion of Act 2 your protagonist finally figures out the source of all this emotional distress and how to overcome it.

Friday - Lesson 06

The epiphany that ended Act 2 has prepared your protagonist for triumph in Act 3. Now it's time to devise a plan. The result will be a final confrontation with the antagonist. This lesson will discuss the best way to arrange the defeat of your antagonist—it's not what you might guess. Then, with that climax behind you, you're ready to tie up loose ends in the ending.

Week Four

Wednesday - Lesson 07

You've accomplished a lot in the last few lessons. By now you should be pretty comfortable with story structure. In the next three lessons, you'll take the concepts you've learned so far and apply them to the development of a real novel. In this lesson you'll begin by using the dramatic elements to create a character, his or her flaw, and then put it all together into a formal story idea.

Friday - Lesson 08

In this lesson, you'll expand the story idea for a novel into the nine checkpoints of your three-act outline. This is quite a challenge for just one lesson, but you've become pretty expert at this story structuring stuff by now, so let's go!

Week Five

Wednesday - Lesson 09

Now that you have your outline—and a beautiful one it is!—it's time for that magical moment when you begin expanding it into the long form. Yikes! The actual novel is about to materialize. You'll begin by inserting markers for the scenes that support and develop the outline. Then you'll start expanding those scenes and threading your theme throughout. This is really writing like a pro!

Friday - Lesson 10

One of the most important choices an author makes is viewpoint. It affects every aspect of the story—from theme, to pacing, to suspense. In this lesson, you'll explore the three most common viewpoints—omniscient, third-person limited, and first person—and discover their advantages and disadvantages. Then you'll dig into techniques for developing characters and establishing convincing story logic.

Week Six

Wednesday - Lesson 11

This lesson will look at techniques for refining your plot and controlling its pace. Then it'll unravel the internal structure of every piece of fiction you've ever read, discovering a structure that you never knew existed. After going through this lesson, you'll never forget it. It's called scene and sequel.

Friday - Lesson 12

Now that your novel, play, or screenplay is well underway, it's time to think about polishing the final product. This lesson will look at some techniques for making your writing sparkle, including tips on dialogue and imagery and how to use them to show, not tell. You'll also see how to establish your own unique voice, paying special attention to the aspects of cadence and musicality. Finally, this lesson will talk a little about the creative process and your role now that you know how to . . . write like a pro.

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