Writing Fiction: Online Course for Adults


This online course allows you to learn from the comfort of your home and set your own hours. No matter where you live, whether you are working or studying full time or have kids (or all of the above), this course allows you to join a community of like-minded aspiring writers and go one step further in pursuing your dream.

About the Course

Have you always wanted to write but don’t know where to begin? Do you have snippets of a novel tucked away in a drawer, or in a forgotten file on your computer? Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned storyteller, this workshop will give you the opportunity to explore the craft and practice of writing fiction and become a better writer.

The course is conducted through Canvas, an easy to use online learning management system (LMS). The course is designed to guide you into the writing life in an encouraging and inspiring setting with a healthy dose of personalised constructive critique. Through engaging lessons taught by Mariam Tareen, weekly writing exercises and assignments, as well as insights from the works of celebrated authors, this course explores the core elements of writing fiction necessary for you to write your novel. One of the most rewarding parts of the course is that every week, you will submit a written assignment and receive personalised, detailed feedback from the instructor.

The course is divided into two parts. You may choose to a) enrol in both or b) enrol in the first one and decide later if you want to enrol in the second.

Writing Fiction Part 1

Over six weeks, you will learn the fundamentals of writing stories, such as how to come up with compelling characters and vivid settings, how to structure your stories, write dialogue, and revise your work. You will also learn the common pitfalls of writing and how to avoid them. We will end with a week devoted to revision, an undervalued but necessary skill for all writers.

Week 1: Writing Fiction – Essential Elements

Week 2: Character – Show and Tell

Week 3: Setting and Sensory Detail

Week 4: Plot and Story Structure

Week 5: Dialogue

Week 6: The Art of Revision

Writing Fiction Part 2

The next four weeks are about going deeper into the craft of writing fiction. Here, you will learn to develop journeys for your characters to make the reader connect with them emotionally, how to choose the best point of view to tell your story, how to ground your reader in the world of your story using sensory detail, and how to write scenes layered with action, emotion, and dialogue.

Week 7: Point of View

Week 8: Character Arcs, Antagonists, and Conflict

Week 9: Pacing – Writing a Scene vs Narrative Summary 

Week 10: Openings – Combining Character, Setting, Dialogue and Plot

How To Register

Registration is open! The course starts Thursday, 15 August 2019.

Register by filling out the form below. After you submit the form, please also send a writing sample to mariam.tareen@thewritingroom.co – Writing samples can be snippets of a story, a scene, a descriptive passage, and may be from the beginning, middle or end of a story. The point is just want to get a feel of your writing style.

Please note that the full course fee for the first course must be paid to confirm enrolment. After you submit the form, you will be contacted by Mariam with details on the fee and how to make the payment. Students get a special discount.