Writing Fiction: 9 Ways to Mastery

Transform your writing practice for success!

Transform your story—the one you're writing, the one you're living.

Sound promising? It is. Wherever we are in our writing, we can take it to the next level by learning from masterful authors. When we transform the story we’re working on by writing more deeply with greater purpose and skill, we transform our practices, careers, and lives. It's not simple, but it is simply possible.

This course features my framework, 9 Ways to Mastery, which I affectionately call "Master Craft Juggling," to help you:

• Develop and use masterful skills in your own work by learning valuable lessons that accomplished authors give readers on the page. 

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

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

• Write the best books you have within you.

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

When I entered my MFA program in Writing and Literature in Fiction, I was already a published author and had finished writing two novel manuscripts. The program had a profound impact on my writing and reading life. Through it I learned how to learn writing craft from authors by reading their work closely. I also gained a greater appreciation for how writers impact our communities and cultures through their stories and books. I've put the essence of what I gained from the MFA program and close reading in the years since into this course.

Self-paced video format. The self-paced videos and activities 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 to benefit our awareness and compassion as human beings sharing this planet together, then read on!

9-chapter framework. 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 with an average running length less than 10 minutes each, writing activities and references in PDFs, and interactive quizzes designed as short summaries. 

You may 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 later to the writing activities, and view the videos again as they relate to your writing or revision. The routine you establish for taking the course can help you develop more productive writing habits. Click the FAQ tab in the top menu for more details.

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.

Challenges. I plan to add Challenges to inspire and structure writing projects that you'll want to share or submit for publication. Check back for these Challenges even after you've completed the video lessons.

Reviews & Discussions. If you like the course, please put a comment 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. Access "Review" (Rate this course) 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? Reading time-tested literature will greatly benefit your writing, but for this course it's not essential that you read the books referenced. I give context as needed for the quoted material used in the videos. However, 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, please 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 a price increase once the full course is put 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 for no additional fee, no matter what the price increase.

In 2019, I am adding a Writing toward Mastery Support Group (private Facebook group) and a 4-day Writing Toward Mastery Virtual Retreat (with a dedicated facebook group), both of which will be priced for next-level mastery in combination with this course and provide opportunities to interact with me and other committed writers.

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

PSSS. Visit my YouTube Channel for Moments of Mastery, a series of short, inspiring videos about writing and creative process.

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

This course is rich in content, expertly presented - a perfect spark for your own creativity.

I have been an avid reader and a casual writer, mostly in journals, all my adult life. I taught grade schoolers, developed a fiction writing curriculum for middle grade students, coached engineers to express their ideas in words, and wrote a family...

by Sally Dawson

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

This course is rich in content, expertly presented - a perfect spark for your own creativity.

I have been an avid reader and a casual writer, mostly in journals, all my adult life. I taught grade schoolers, developed a fiction writing curriculum for middle grade students, coached engineers to express their ideas in words, and wrote a family...

by Sally Dawson
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. 

She has taught her Read to Write Books courses in fiction craft, memoir, and revision in local independent bookstores, community programs, and privately, and worked one-on-one with writers to improve their book projects. Her blog at readtowritebooks.com has extended discussions that also support Writing Fiction – 9 Ways to Mastery.

She uses visual thinking approaches in her teaching and, as a visual practitioner and designer, facilitates group dialogue and strategic planning through visual storytelling and visioning. 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."

The course will contain 30 videos. As of now there are...

17 Videos
6 Quizzes
13 PDFs
13.0

Course Curriculum

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