Foundations of Fiction

Master the six foundations that make up all novels, short stories, and memoirs in this online fiction writing course

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53 On-Demand Lessons
6 Hours
31 Exercises & Handouts
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"This course is AMAZING. You learn so much so fast - all stuff you can actually use."

- Alicia M.

"This course has given me the inspiration and foundational writing tools to get started on my first novel."

- Kirsty S.

"I already had a plot developed but I learned how to make it a 100 times better from this course"

- Ric V.

What You'll Learn in This Course

Master the 6 universal foundations that make up ALL great fiction

Construct vivid, memorable settings that will shape the world of your story

Create complex, realistic characters who will jump right off the page

Compose intricate, scintillating prose that will pull readers in from the first word

Write vibrant, riveting dialogue that will breathe life into your scenes

Structure masterful, gripping plots that will hook readers and keep them turning pages

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Course Description

Do you want to write fiction that is sophisticated, compelling, and dynamic?

Do you want to find more inspiration in your creative writing?

Do you want to master the tools that every great fiction writer knows and uses to craft their novels and short stories?

We’re here to help!

From international bestselling author comes an ENGAGING, INSPIRING, and COMPREHENSIVE new fiction writing course for beginners and advanced writers alike!

Whether you want to write novels, short stories, memoirs, flash fiction or even screenplays and stage plays, this course will help you master the 6 Universal Foundations that make up all great fiction.

These six tools (Character, Dialogue, Point of View, Narrative Style, Setting, and Plot) are what every accomplished fiction writer knows and uses to craft their stories.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create complex, realistic characters who will jump right off the page
  • Write vibrant, riveting dialogue that will breath life into your scenes
  • Construct vivid, memorable settings that will shape the world of your story
  • Compose intricate, scintillating prose that will pull readers in from the first word
  • Structure masterful, gripping plots that will hook readers and keep them turning pages

Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned writer looking to improve your craft, this fun, interactive course (jam packed with over 6 hours of video and more than 25 fun writing exercises) will give you the skills, confidence, and inspiration you need to become a FICTION WRITING MASTER!

With two learning tracks (Foundation and Advanced), this course offers a unique flexible curriculum, allowing you to learn at your own pace and skill level.

If you’re just starting out, try our Foundation Track to master the basics first before moving onto the more advanced elements. Or, if you’re a more seasoned writer (or someone who enjoys an extra challenge!), try our Advanced Track to dive deeper into each of the six areas of fiction writing mastery.

Regardless of which track you choose, we guarantee that after taking this course, you will:

  • Be more inspired to write
  • Feel more confident about your writing
  • Notice a vast improvement in your writing abilities


So who are we?

Jessica Brody is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 20 novels for kids, teens, and adults, published by several major publishers like Simon & Schuster, Random House, Macmillan, and Disney Press. Her books have been translated and published in more than 20 languages and several have been optioned for film and television. And now Jessica is sharing her proven storytelling methods and fiction writing secrets in this course.

Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels published by Penguin Books. Joanne also holds a PhD in English Literature and teaches regular writing classes for kids and teens in New York City.

Jessica and Joanne have also co-written the System Divine trilogy (a sci-fi reimagining of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables set on a distant planet), which was published by Simon and Schuster. 

Together, Jessica and Joanne have created an extensive course to help writers (beginner to advanced) build a storytelling foundation and nurture their love of writing.

This course is jam packed full of:

  • Examples from popular books and movies that will help you fully grasp the elements of great storytelling
  • Loads of fun, inspiring writing prompts designed to spark your imagination, get your creative juices flowing, and implement the topics covered in each lecture
  • Tons of practical writing tips and advice to take you on an unforgettable creative journey toward becoming an exceptional fiction writer


Jessica’s 10+ years of professional experience writing commercial fiction, combined with Joanne’s in-depth knowledge of classic literature and the writing craft, make for an engaging and enlightening class that is guaranteed to leave you feeling empowered and, most important, inspired to write.

Enroll now and get started on your journey to becoming a Creative Writing Master!

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Course Outline

Meet Your Instructors


Jessica Brody is the author of more than 20 novels for teens, tweens, and adults including The System Divine trilogy, the Unremembered trilogy, The Geography of Lost Things, The Chaos of Standing Still, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, A Week of Mondays, Better You Than Me and I Speak Boy. She’s also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants, and the LEGO Disney Princess chapter Books. Her books have been translated and published in over 20 languages and several have been optioned for film and television. Her first non-fiction book, SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL (a how-to plotting guide for novelists) is out now from Ten Speed Press/Random House. She lives with her husband and three dogs near Portland, OR.

Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels published by Penguin. She is also the co-author (with Jessica Brody) of The System Divine trilogy, a sci-fi reimagining of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, published by Simon and Schuster. She writes essays and interviews for the Huffington Post and other publications. She also has a PhD in literature and teaches fiction writing to teens and kids in New York City, where she lives with her husband and son.

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Our Course Library includes:

Save the Cat! Novel Writing Course

OFFICIAL SAVE THE CAT! COURSE
Discover the secret storytelling code behind all great novels and use it to outline, write, or revise your own

Novel Fast Drafting Course

Stop stressing, second-guessing, and revising endlessly. Learn the fastest, most efficient way to write novels (and finish them every single time)

The Complete Novel Revision Course

Learn a time-tested, step-by-step revision process for taking your novel from first draft to final draft 

Crafting Dynamic Characters

Learn to create fully fleshed-out, dynamic characters and how to reveal them to the reader in a way that grabs their attention and captures their heart

Foundations of Fiction

Master the foundations of compelling fiction and use them to craft killer novels, memoirs, or short stories

Productivity Hacks for Writers

Learn to "hack" your brain, space, and devices to stay focused, be more productive, and get the most out of every writing day

Secrets to Self-Publishing Success

A comprehensive, step-by-step guide to successfully self-publishing and marketing your novel, with bestselling author Bethany Atazadeh

Develop Blockbuster Ideas that Sell

Unleash your creativity and brainstorm "high-concept" book and movie ideas that sell

Conquering Writer's Block

Proven strategies, techniques, and tools to overcome writer's block (for good!), and become a Prolific Writer

Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher

A comprehensive, step-by-step  insider's guide to selling your book and becoming a paid, published author

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Monthly webinars (with Jessica Brody and special guests) where we deep dive into a variety of writing topics and answer your questions. Join live or watch the recording

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What Students are Saying

"This course is exactly what I needed to understand the craft of writing. Each element of writing is explained using concrete examples and there are constant opportunities to practice each skill in fun ways."
- Margaret G.

"Great writing exercises. It surprised me how many and rich scenes came pouring out. Scenes and ideas I never knew I had within me!"
- Laura L.

"I've learned more from this course than I have from years of research. I will forever refer to the material provided here." 
- Stephanas C.

"I definitely became more intentional about the type of journey my character took and how I could better convey that journey in a more engaging way."
- Tamika S.

"Fabulous information shared in an engaging manner. I feel energized to FINALLY get my story from my head on to paper!"
- Tracy W.

"I just can't stop writing!"
- Robyn B.

"This course helped to kickstart my writing routine every day. The exercises were great to use as a way to let go of my procrastination and just get some words down!"
- Melissa M.

"Jessica and Joanne know their craft. Their explanations and examples are superb. I also love the writing prompts which allowed me to put to the test what I have learned from each lesson."
- Lee S.

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