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FICT 50 W — A Map to Writing Success: Creating a Story That Works

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 14—Mar 8
Drop Deadline: Jan 17
Units: 2
Tuition: $735
Instructor(s): Jeff Lyons
Limit: 17
Status: Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is January 17 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is January 22 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Jan 14—Mar 8
8 weeks
Drop By
Jan 17
2 Units
Fees
$735
Instructor(s):
Jeff Lyons
Limit
17
Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is January 17 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is January 22 at 5:00 pm (PT).
The two linchpins of story planning are premise development and synopsis writing. If a story is going to fail, it will first do so at the premise level. The skills of creating, designing, and validating a premise idea are essential to every writer’s toolbox. We will begin the course by learning how to master the process of premise-line development. In the first five weeks, students will learn the basics of story structure and premise development, and in the last three weeks they will take their previous work and develop a short synopsis of their novel. At the end of the course, students will have a proof-of-concept premise line, a three- to five-page story synopsis, and an action plan for next steps in the story development or writing process. Each student will have the option to meet one-on-one with the instructor in a live videoconference to work through their premise idea and their synopsis writing. Throughout the course, students will give and receive feedback on each other’s premise lines and synopses. Students will finish this course with a thoroughly tested premise and a concrete, well-developed synopsis. In the second half of the course, we will transform our solid premises into a plan of action—that is, a synopsis. Each student will have the option to meet one-on-one with the instructor on a live videoconference to work through their premise idea and their synopsis writing. Throughout the course, we will give and receive feedback on our premise lines and our synopses. Students will finish this course with a thoroughly tested premise and a concrete, well-developed synopsis.

Jeff Lyons, Author; Story Consultant

Jeff Lyons is the author of the book Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success. His writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Script, The Writer, and Writing (UK).

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Jeff Lyons , Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success (ISBN 978-1-315-73376-0)