About the WriterSpark

30 Days to Craft Your Novel Course

Unlock your storytelling potential with WriterSpark's '30 Days to Craft Your Novel' course. Discover the nuts and bolts of crafting compelling stories and embark on a journey toward writing your very own novel. Working at your own pace, you will build a virtual toolbox equipped with everything you need to bring your literary aspirations to life.

Throughout this course, you will delve deep into the art of storytelling and master the fundamental elements that make a narrative truly captivating. You will:

1. Develop your protagonist and antagonist - Uncover the secrets to creating dynamic and memorable characters that drive your story forward.

2. Understand story structure templates - Gain insight into two of the most widely-used story structures: The three-act structure and The Hero's Journey. Learn how to expertly orchestrate the flow of your narrative and keep your readers hooked from beginning to end.

3. Create a skeleton outline of your story - Lay a solid foundation for your novel by crafting a comprehensive outline that will guide you through the writing process.

4. Unlock the power of scene structure - Discover the key components that make up a compelling scene, including Scene and Sequel, which encompasses Goal, Motivation, Conflict, Disaster, as well as the crucial elements of reaction, dilemma, and decision found within Motivation-Reaction Units.

5. Put theory into practice - Harness your newfound knowledge and apply it to your writing. Complete a minimum of three scenes that showcase your mastery of the techniques and concepts covered in the course.

But wait – there's more! Alongside these invaluable lessons, the '30 Days to Craft Your Novel' course includes bonus content designed to elevate your writing skills and ignite your creativity. Unleash your full potential as a storyteller and unlock the secrets to crafting unforgettable tales.

Are you ready to embark on this transformative journey? Join us for WriterSpark's '30 Days to Craft Your Novel' course and fulfill your dream of becoming a published author.

Enroll now and open the doors to a world brimming with imagination and endless possibilities.

Ready, Set, Write!

Learn the nuts and bolts of fiction writing and create everything you need to tell a compelling story.

(Formerly 30 Days to Craft Your Novel)

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About WriterSpark and Melissa Bourbon

Welcome to WriterSpark Fiction Writing Academy. I am the national bestselling author of more than twenty-five mystery books, including the Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer.

Before, and even during, parts of my writing career, I taught middle and high school English/Language Arts. Teaching is in my blood!

Now, instead of teaching kids, I get to work with aspiring and established authors. I created WriterSpark as a way to pay it forward by sharing what I've learned over the past twenty years in the publishing business.

I have taught with Southern Methodist University's CAPE program, and currently teach courses online, I coach, and I do freelance editing.

Meanwhile, I still write fiction full-time. I live what I teach. Join me and find your WriterSpark.

Learn more about me at my website, www.melissabourbon.com;

on Facebook @MelissaBourbon/Winnie ArcherBooks;

and on Instagram @bookishly_cozy

Course Curriculum

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  Week 1: Characters
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  Week 2: Story Structure
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  Week 3: Essential Elements of Writing
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  Week 4: Understanding Scene
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