Writing Fiction: 9 Ways to Mastery

Improve & Enrich Your Writing through Master Craft Juggling & Close Reading

Are you a writer who reads? A reader who writes? A book lover who wants to read like a writer? 

I designed this course for you! It features Master Craft Juggling to help you:

• Enrich your writing and hone skills by learning valuable lessons that masterful authors give readers on the page. 

• Improve your writing practice for success with strategies and tools for fulfilling writing desires, setting goals, and taking on challenges.

• Find ongoing inspiration for your writing and book projects, while deepening reading enjoyment.

Why do we write? What difference can we make in the world as writers and readers? How do you write the books you have within you? How will you participate in this literary community?

Self-paced video format. The self-paced videos and activities in this course will strengthen your creative process and spark productive hours of thinking, writing, and reading with a fresh mind and eye toward not only the "how" but also the "why" of fiction. (If you believe, as I do, that fiction exercises the muscles of imagination and empathy for great benefit to our personal lives, professions, and culture, then read on!)

What is unique about this course? Most writing courses cover the basics, but to encompass all the elements needed for writing memorable fiction, I include nine chapters in my Master Craft Juggling framework: 1. Gatekeepers & Story Seeds, 2. Voice, Style & Point of View, 3. Whole-bodied Characters, 4. Presence of Place, 5. Tension & Plot, 6. Time & Consciousness, 7. Love & Other Emotions, 8. Image & the Senses, 9. Theme & Gestalt. 

How much time is required to take the course? The course will include 30 video lessons (each about 8 minutes long), writing activities and references in PDFs, and interactive quizzes designed as short summaries. That's 4 hours of viewing and 15 or more hours of activities, plus reading books as you choose. 

Is there a start or end date? Start whenever you wish. You may want to move through the course slowly, giving yourself time for the writing activities and reading. Or you may want to binge watch the videos in sequence to get an overview, go back to the writing activities, and view the videos again as they relate to your writing or revision. Click the FAQ tab in the top menu for more details. The video lessons are not yet all available, but will be on or before June 30, 2018. There is no end date to the course.

Writing Sparks. Prompts to ignite writing and revision are in the videos and the PDFs for download that accompany the course. 

Activities & Notes. Selected graphics and material from the videos can be viewed and downloaded in PDF to keep on hand as references.

Master Craft Juggling Challenges. I plan to add Challenges to inspire and structure writing projects. These "Take-Aways" from the course may result in story manuscripts you'll want to share or submit for publication. So check back even after you've completed the video lessons.

Reviews & Discussions. If you like the course, please help me promote it by putting comments in the review section. If you have questions that you'd like addressed about the course content or writing in general, please put those in the discussion section. I hope you'll contribute to interactive discussions and share your Writing Sparks and other discoveries. I will also participate and lead discussions. Access "Review" and "Discussion" through your student dashboard.

As storytellers, we are all experts and all learners. I teach because I love teaching, writing, and sharing the creative process. 

What about reading all the books? It's not essential that you read the books referenced. There is no doubt of the value gained from reading time-tested literature, but for purposes of the course, I give context for quoted material in the videos as needed for the examples. You may want to read the books from the list now or later and add your own titles to return to for their wisdom. Expanded discussions of many of the books can be found on my blog readtowritebooks.com.

Writing Fiction: 9 Ways to Mastery is designed with several definitions of the word "course" in mind, especially #1. 

1) Onward movement in a particular direction; progress. 2) The route or path taken by something, such as a stream, that moves. 3) A continuous layer of building material. 4) A complete body of prescribed studies constituting a curriculum. 5) A unit of such curriculum.

As difficult as it often is to navigate one's creative path, it's richly satisfying to move forward toward goals. However you access the course—all now, a little now, more later—I wish you fulfillment and success in your writing and reading journeys and all creative endeavors. 

Onward!

Christine Walker

PS. How to enroll. If you haven't yet signed up, simply enroll for free in my school as an account user. Take a look at the free trial videos offered in "Writing Fiction: 9 Ways to Mastery.” If you want to see more, then pay the tuition. The price posted now is for "early birds." There will be two price increases before June 30, 2018, when the full course will be in place. If you pay an early bird price, you will be able to access videos and bonuses as they are added, and you will continue to have access, no matter what the price increase.

PSS. See FAQ for the system requirements for compatibility with your desktop and mobile devices.

Praise for this course:

Terrific model, clear videos, inviting writing tasks

Writing Fiction: 9 Ways to Mastery offers a flexible structure to help writers develop their craft. "Writing models" are often frustratingly over-simplified (5-paragraph essay, anyone?!), or so complex that they make me dizzy. This one feels just ...

by Natasha Haugnes

Terrific model, clear videos, inviting writing tasks

Writing Fiction: 9 Ways to Mastery offers a flexible structure to help writers develop their craft. "Writing models" are often frustratingly over-simplified (5-paragraph essay, anyone?!), or so complex that they make me dizzy. This one feels just ...

by Natasha Haugnes
Christine Walker
Christine Walker
Visual Artist & Writer, MFA, MA

About the instructor

Christine Walker is a visual artist and writer. She has an MFA in Writing and Literature in Fiction from Bennington College, an MA in Creative Arts Interdisciplinary from San Francisco State, and a BFA from the University of Kansas. 

She is the author of A Painter's Garden: Cultivating the Creative Life (Warner Books), a narrative nonfiction illustrated with her paintings, and co-author and illustrator of Wooleycat's Musical Theater, (Tortuga Press), children's book with song CD. 

Her Read to Write Books courses in fiction craft, which she created to teach at local independent bookstores, serve as the basis for her first online course Writing Fiction: 9 Ways to Mastery. Her blog at readtowritebooks.com has extended discussions that support this course curriculum.

She uses visual thinking approaches in her teaching and, as a visual practitioner and designer, facilitates group dialogue with visual storytelling. You can learn more about visual thinking at seeshape.com and see her paintings at christinewalker.net. She lives in Northern California near vineyards and disappearing apple orchards with her husband, Dennis Hysom, a musician and audio producer.

Participants in her Read to Write Books workshops said:

"It's a mini MFA course!"

"If you are looking to buttress and expand the elements of craft in writing fiction, this class presents each element in a very integrated way. In the event that you are a good writer and would like to improve your understanding of the elements of the actual craft of writing, this is a great course. Christine has modeled it on her MFA in Writing and Literature and it packs that kind of intellectual punch."

"Chris is an insightful, engaging teacher with great taste in literature!"

"If you love to read, now you’ll love to read even more after understanding the framing and foundation of a great novel.

"[Christine], herself a writer and painter, guided us through a very well-prepared and enjoyable experience of taking a focused look at the craft of writing. I enjoyed the selection of books and found the other participants stimulating and enjoyed their company."

"A great opportunity to have smartly led discussions about the craft techniques used in both classic and contemporary fiction."

"It has been a fun, motivating, and very worthwhile experience. What a joy it was to join with others--who either love to write or were and are avid readers--and hear the many different viewpoints. That alone was incredibly refreshing."

What's included?

13 Videos
3 Quizzes
10 PDFs
5.0

Course Curriculum

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