The Creative Writing Projects series shows you how to succeed, step by step and week by week.
Each week for twelve weeks you'll receive a new project that includes all the information you need to conceive, create and complete a novel, short story or screenplay, and get it published.
Each project includes video instruction, a project assignment, and a discussion area for asking questions and posting your work to receive feedback from the instructor and other students.
Each project focuses on a specific step in the creative process, from brainstorming to publication. The goal is to get you published!
The projects in this series include:
In these lively and fun projects, author and mentor Steve Alcorn shows you how to achieve success. During the past two decades, Steve has helped more than 30,000 aspiring writers structure their stories, and many are now in print. You can be next!
Books by your instructor, Steve Alcorn
Perhaps you've started already on your novel and have stalled out with “writer's block." Don't worry – we'll help you bust the block and get you writing again. Or you maybe you've finished your manuscript are shocked to find it simply lacks the pizzazz that'll put it on the bestseller list. No problem – we'll help you polish your manuscript 'til it shines!
Each project is designed to build your confidence and provide you with feedback as you develop your own original novel, short story or screenplay.
When you post your projects in the discussion areas you'll receive personal feedback from Steve, helping you chart your course to get published.
A new project is released every week. Once you've reached the end of the twelve-week course, you are a permanent member, and can repeat the process for new projects whenever you like.
Creative Writing Project: Brainstorm Your Story helps you brainstorm your project, including determining what you should write, and helps you develop the idea for both your story and plot--yes, they are different, and this class shows you why. When you complete this project you will have a clear, written plan for your Creative Writing Project.
Creative Writing Project: Create a Character gives you all the tools you need to build a character, including my Comprehensive Character Attribute Form. When you complete this project you will have a clear, written character sketch for your Creative Writing Project.
Creative Writing Project: Structure Your Story shows you how to structure your story. You’ll identify your passion, the theme you wish to convey to readers, your main character’s story structuring flaw. Then you’ll put them all together in the class project, where you’ll create your story’s premise. When you complete this project you will have a clear understanding of the structure of your Creative Writing Project.
Creative Writing Project: Write Act 1 shows you how to write your first act, beginning with a hook to capture your readers’ interest, then developing your character’s backstory, and leading up to the trigger that will end Act 1. When you complete this project you will have a detailed, written plan for the first act of your Creative Writing Project.
Creative Writing Project: Write Act 2 shows you how to write your second act, beginning with your character in crisis, navigating the long struggle they face against every increasing plot difficulties, and finally bringing them to an epiphany. When you complete this project you will have a detailed, written plan for the second act of your Creative Writing Project.
Creative Writing Project: Write Act 3 shows you how to complete your story’s Act 3, beginning with a plan that leads to the exciting climax, and the resolving loose threads in the ending. When you complete this project and the previous two, you will have a detailed, written plan for your entire Creative Writing Project.
Creative Writing Project: Structure a Scene introduces you to a tool that will change your writing life: the magic of scene and sequel. It guarantees you will balance story and plot, enabling you to write exciting and emotionally effective scenes. When you complete this project you will have a terrific original scene already written, plus the tools you’ll need to write your entire Creative Writing Project.
Creative Writing Project: Create a Setting shows you the purpose of settings, and guides you step by step through the process of creating a vibrant, active setting in which your story can take place. When you complete this project you be intimately familiar with a process that can bring to life every setting in your Creative Writing Project.
Creative Writing Project: Write Great Dialogue shows you how to write impactful, emotionally involving and just plain interesting dialogue. It also provides some “Dos” and “Don’ts” that will help you make sure your dialogue shines. When you complete this project you will see a startling improvement in the quality of the dialogue in your Creative Writing Project.
Creative Writing Project: Energize Your Manuscript helps you energize and polish your manuscript through techniques such as writing big and writing well. When you complete this project you will have a manuscript that sings, and you’ll be ready to publish you Creative Writing Project.
Creative Writing Project: Publish Your Book introduces you to both traditional publishing and self-publishing. It shows you how easy, fast and economical it can be to get your story into the hands of readers. When you complete this project you will know exactly how to publish your Creative Writing Project.
Creative Writing Project: Market Your Book reveals all of my favorite marketing tips. I’ll show you how to get your work in front of the public, through a variety of exciting approaches. When you complete this project you will have a complete marketing plan for your Creative Writing Project.
“My lifetime dream? Getting published. I don't need a 4-year Course!"
“It has been my life-long dream to become a published author but I had no idea where to start. I have an idea for a good book but needed guidance on how to write it. I took this course to get help, and I am truly impressed by the amount of information presented. I do not need to take a 4-year course on Creative Writing. I completed the course in a few months in my free time. I really loved the way Steve Alcorn presented the materials and the way he showed examples. Thank you Steve for this amazing course!" — Michelle Apolo
“I want to get published! But I don't know how…"
These 12 projects will make it happen, step by step!
Steve Alcorn is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.
Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.
During the past decade he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.
"If you have an idea for a book, but just can't get it together, this is the class for you. Steve Alcorn gives you the tools and the confidence to pull your ideas together and give them structure. Before you know it, you are inspired and writing. What a class! Steve Alcorn is a gifted instructor."
"It was nice to have an instructor who wasn't afraid to have fun right along with the students. For me, it created a relaxed environment where even the smallest question never felt out of place or foolish."
"I've told people that this class was life-changing when it comes to my ability to structure and complete a work of fiction. I always became blocked and wondered how people knew where their story was going next and how to make sure they were headed in the right direction. This answered all my questions and forced me to get to work on my idea. All around fantastic - worth every penny!"
"Can you see me? I'm giving you a standing ovation! Haven't done this much thinking, rethinking, breaking pencils, and eventually cheering since I graduated from college. Thank you for an inspiring and brilliant class!"