Unlock your Potential

The Author Programme

Writing fiction is a skill that anyone can learn. Whether you've not written since your school days or you're a veracious reader hungry to take the pen into your own hands - this online Author Programme - will have you writing like a pro. The course teaches writing techniques found in best-selling fiction, and writing practices used by best-selling authors. You will learn through an online student portal with guided practices and self-assessment testing at the end of every module.

Writing Fiction

Unlock your potential and learn to write a compelling novel


Take it at your own pace with easy-to-follow modules and self-assessments that record your achievement every step of the way


Learn on-the-go from any device. Take The Author Programme course with you anywhere, at anytime

Learn practical skills such as understanding genres, finding your narrative voice, writing natural dialogue, hot to develop fictional characters, build tension and intrigue, writing with the senses, mapping out a plot from beginning to end, avoiding writer's block and so much more.

Emotional Depth

Every writer knows that compelling novels create emotional connections with readers. Writers make this emotional connection possible through well crafted characters and well considered plots. This Novel Writing course will help develop your writing skills so you too can have readers connecting with your novel on an emotional level.

Module 1

Preparing for Success Turning ideas into plots, plots into chapters, and understanding story arcs.

Module 2

Characters Character types, character profiling, and character development.

Module 3

Beginnings How to find the perfect place to begin a narrative, what to include, and what to avoid.

Module 4

Narrative Voice First and second person, third person, and omniscient.

Module 5

Descriptive Writing The five senses, sensory detail, and people and places.

Module 6

Dialogue Its purpose, effective use, and characterisation.

Module 7

Romantic Writing Explicit or Elicit? Show not tell, the romance genre, and other romantic situations.

Module 8

Historical Writing Fact or fiction? Writers are teachers, and research and resources.

Module 9

Horror Writing Suspense and panic, horror scenes, building tension.

Module 10

Mystery Writing Reader expectations, the cast, killers and red herrings, and series.

Module 11

Realism Women's fiction, tragedy and comedy.

Module 12

Science Fiction Inspiration, imagination, and world order.

Module 13

Fantasy How it began, magical realism, creatures, and fantasy worlds.

Module 14

Thriller Writing The rise and fall of suspense, foreshadow, and thriller mystery.

Module 15

Adventure Writing Adventure, conflict, and risk.

Module 16

Best-Selling Author Practices Daily practices, and shared techniques.

Module 17

Getting Published Agents, contracts, and writer responsibility.

Module 18

A Guide to Self-Publishing Accessibility, rights to your novel, and responsibilities.

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