Level Up Your Writing

Challenge your creativity and sharpen your skills across seven key story elements in this interactive online course with bestselling author Scott Reintgen

41 On-Demand Lessons
5+ Hours
80+ Page Workbook
Unlimited Access

"This course will help me take my current WIP to the next level!"

-Meg F. 


"This course clarified several writing concepts that I kind of knew, but had never had laid out. Outstanding!"

- Pat D.

"I learned new ways to approach areas I'm struggling with"

-Nathan H.


Do you want to see significant, noticeable improvement in your creative writing in only a few hours?


Do you want to know exactly what storytelling techniques and skills to practice to guarantee you’ll become a better writer?

So many writing courses promise to improve your writing, but provide no clear path on how to get there. You might spend hours, days, or even weeks learning, studying, and completing writing exercises but in the end, you’re still not confident that you’ve made any progress.

So if you’re ready to stop guessing how to improve your writing, and actually start improving it - fast - then this is the course for you!

In Level Up Your Fiction Writing, we’ve identified 7 key storytelling skills that will have the most direct, immediate, and noticeable impact on your fiction writing:

  • Protagonists
  • Antagonists
  • Settings
  • Action scenes
  • Juxtaposition
  • Chapter breaks
  • Paragraph breaks

These 7 skills will put you on the fast track toward substantial improvement of your creative writing skills that you will be able to see on the page and feel in the confidence of your words.

How can we be so sure you’ll improve?

Because we’ve jam-packed this course with actionable strategies and techniques, loads of examples from popular fiction, and tons of practical exercises that are all specifically designed to make you a better writer.

Throughout this course, you will learn:

  • 7 techniques for creating unique and interesting protagonists
  • 5 methods for creating sympathetic main characters your readers will root for
  • 2 types of character transformation to level up your main characters
  • How to come up with the best antagonists for each stage of your story
  • The 3 layers of antagonists and how you can use them to keep your readers engaged
  • 3 tools for grounding your reader in your settings
  • How to use your characters to level up your settings
  • How to use juxtaposition to enhance your scenes
  • 5 methods for adding juxtaposition to your plot to level up your entire story
  • How to adjust your word choice to make your action scenes pop
  • The 6 functions of action scenes and how to use them to level up any scene of any genre
  • The 3 functions of a chapter break
  • How to strategically use the 2 types of chapter breaks to level up your story
  • The 3 rules for inserting paragraph breaks
  • How to level up your paragraph breaks with 5 specific paragraph types
  • How to apply all these foundational and level up techniques to your own work in progress
  • And much, much more!


Plus, for each of the 7 key storytelling skills, we’ve included two learning levels: The “Foundational” lectures will ensure you have a solid base to start from, and the “Level-Up” lectures will take your writing up a notch…or ten!

And to ensure you get the very most out of this course, we’ve also included:

  • Over 14 “Writer’s Room” sessions where you’ll see exactly how the instructor approached each exercise, so you’ll have solid examples of how to practice your new skills
  • 7 “Level Up Your Story” lectures to help you apply everything you’ve learned to your current work in progress, whether that be a novel, short story, or memoir
  • An 80+ page workbook (as both a printable PDF and an editable Google Doc) that includes all the exercises, examples, and additional resources you’ll need to level up


Best of all, this course is designed to be taken multiple times, so you can continue to level up and watch yourself progress. No matter what level you're starting from, you'll always be able to benefit from this course.

Level Up Your Fiction Writing will help you hit the fast-forward button on your progress toward your goals, whether that be landing an agent, getting published, improving your reviews online, growing your readership, or simply taking your writing to the next level.


By the End of This Course, You'll Be Able To:


Create protagonists who leap off the page and feel real

Build multiple layers of antagonists that constantly keep your protagonist on their toes and your readers glued to the page

Convey immersive settings without a ton of "telling" or "info dumping"

Craft action scenes that are clear, fast paced, and get your reader's heart pounding (even if you're not writing an action story)

Expertly weave in juxtaposition to create twists and turns that your reader won't see coming (and can't get enough of!)

Use chapter breaks strategically to have the most impact on your storytelling

Optimize paragraph breaks to create the perfect pacing for every page


Meet Your Instructor

Scott Reintgen is an author of science fiction and fantasy books. He wrote the Nyxia trilogy, the Ashlords duology, the Talespinners series, and The Problem with Prophecies series.

He began his career as an English and Creative Writing teacher in North Carolina. He strongly believes that every student who steps into the classroom deserves to see themselves, vibrant and victorious and on the page. It’s his hope to encourage a future full of diverse writers. He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife Katie and his two boys, Henry and Thomas


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Course Outline


This course is part of the Writing Mastery Academy


Here's what you'll get as a member:


1. Unlimited Access to All Our On-Demand Writing Courses
($2,137 Value)

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Save the Cat! Novel Writing Course

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

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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

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Foundations of Fiction

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

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Scene Crafting Masterclass

Master the art of writing scenes that hook, engage, and leave readers hungry for more, with craft book & fiction author Jordan Rosenfeld

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Level Up Your Writing

Challenge your creativity and sharpen your skills across seven key story elements in this interactive online course with bestselling author Scott Reintgen

Retail Price: $199
Included with Membership

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

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Secrets to Self-Publishing Success

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

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Develop Blockbuster Ideas that Sell

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

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Conquering Writer's Block

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

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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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Fiction for Young Writers

A fun, interactive workshop to help young writers unlock their creativity, improve their craft, and write better stories (ages 9+)

Retail Price: $49
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You're not in this alone

Writing can be a solitary endeavor, but it doesn't have to be. As a Writing Mastery member, you'll become part of a thriving, positive community of writers of all skill levels, from around the world. With dedicated topic areas for each course, plus topics for staying accountable to achieving your goals, finding critique partners, discussing specific genres, or just talking shop, the Community is there to support you on every step of your writing journey.

Course Topics

Share progress, ask questions, answer questions, and chat with fellow writers taking the same course as you

Genre Discussions

Chat with other writers working on similar projects in your genre

Writing Sprints

Why write alone? Join a scheduled sprint, or create one any time to challenge and motivate yourself to write more!

Monthly Challenges

Fun and motivating challenges every month to help you stay motivated and get to know your fellow members

Critique Partners

Find critique partners and beta readers to help you get more eyes on your work

Goals & Accountability

Simply announcing your goals to others has a HUGE impact on your success. And you've got a place just for this!

Writers Only

This is not a Facebook group. It's a community of 100% writers, so there are no distractions

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3. Monthly "Members Only" Webinars + Recordings
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Get access to live, monthly webinars on specific writing topics. Most webinars end with a Q&A session, which gives you a chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. Can't join live? No worries! Recordings of every webinar are available to watch (or rewatch) anytime. 

Here are a few of the webinars available to watch now:

4. "Office Hours" with Instructors & Guests 
($799 Value)

Get Your Writing Questions Answered

Bring your questions to our live "Office Hours" webinars, where instructors and special guests spend time dedicated to answering member questions. 

BONUS: Searchable Q&As from Office Hours & Webinars
($499 Value)

Get Answers Fast from our Growing Library of Answered Questions

We take the top questions from all our Office Hours and Webinars, edit them into their own mini-lectures, and categorize them for you. Categories include character development, fast drafting, NaNoWriMo, pacing, point of view, revising, writing process, worldbuilding, and more. It's very likely we've answered a question similar to yours, so this is a great resource to get answers fast!

Here's a sample of the available questions:

Character Development

  • How to create well-rounded characters?
  • Does a hero always have to change over the course of a story
  • What's the best way to have a character realize something organically?
  • How do I make readers like an unlikable character?

The Publishing Industry

  • What is a realistic timeline between drafting and getting published?
  • How do I find an editor?
  • Can you publish on various platforms?
  • Is traditional publishing still a viable path?


  • How do you keep track of your revision process?
  • How do you know when you're done revising a chapter?
  • What do I do if I get bored with the story I'm writing?
  • How do I start revisions for a very messy draft?

Save the Cat! & Plotting

  • How do you structure a series using Save the Cat!?
  • How do the Save the Cat! beats relate to chapters?
  • How do you use Save the Cat! in the revision process?
  • Does a hero always have to change over the course of a story?


World Building

  • How do you build a convincing fantasy world?
  • How do you describe a world in a way that shows rather than tells?
  • How much setting detail is too much?
  • What's the difference between a world and a setting?

Writing Process

  • How do you defeat perfectionism to finish a book?
  • How do you find your voice as a writer?
  • How do I prioritize all the story ideas I have and avoid leaving stories half-finished?
  • How do I turn a hodgepodge of detailed notes and dialogue into a draft?

BONUS: Surprise Bonus Content 
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Fun, Useful Tools & Resources to Keep You Moving Forward

You'll find all sorts of fun and useful things here like free beat sheets, extra writing prompts, interviews with special guests, behind-the-scenes peeks at writers' processes, and much much more! And the longer you're a member, the more Bonus Content you'll collect!

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  "Office Hours" with instructors & guests

$799 value

  Searchable Q&As from office hours & webinars

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