Craft an Ironclad Novel – Online Course


An online course that offers a comprehensive overview of plot structure, character development, and craft tips, in order to help students craft an ironclad novel.

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This course is 4 weeks, fully online, and asynchronous. It will be facilitated via Discord, so you will be required to have a Discord log-in to access it.

During this course, Rebecca Thorne will explain how to craft an ironclad novel, based on the 3 act plot structure, intensive character development, and unique craft tips. By the course’s end, you will achieve the following learning objectives:

  1. Students will learn about the 3 act structure, divided into 4 parts for easy analysis.
  2. Students will craft 5 plot-based sentences to guide their novel’s progression.
  3. Students will explore editing and critique methods to use with future critique partners and beta readers.
  4. Students will learn about character development, personality types, and contrasting goals.
  5. Students will explore various craft techniques to hook a reader.

This course will contain 4 assignments (crafting 5 plot-based sentences, creating a character analysis, rewriting your first chapter, and offering critique to a peer’s first chapter), online lectures about novel structure, facilitated discussions, recommended reading, and author-to-author networking opportunities.

Rebecca will offer personalized input into every student’s plot-based sentences and character analysises, and will facilitate break-out groups where students will post and edit each other’s first pages. In addition, a live Q&A session will occur at the course’s end to ensure students leave confident and prepared to write their novels.

By purchasing this course, students acknowledge:

  • That there are no guarantees that you will obtain a literary agent or publish a novel after completing this course.
  • Refunds are on a case-by-case basis, and will not be required after the first week of class.
  • Personalized feedback on assignments will only be offered if the assignment is submitted on time.
  • A level of professionalism and engagement is expected from all students.
  • Rebecca is committed to ensuring her classrooms remain kind, inclusive spaces. If she perceives a student exhibiting hostile or derogatory behavior, especially in regards to race, disability, or gender/sexual identification, Rebecca reserves the right to remove that student from the class without a refund.
  • While this is a college-level curriculum, Rebecca is not affiliated with any college or university. There is no credit offered for this course.