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Introduction--Overview of what the class is about and what you will accomplish5:55
Class Project--Your project in this class will start you on finishing your novel in 100 days1:17
What Genre is Your Novel?--Types of fiction, from mystery to science fiction8:30
Choosing Your Point of View--Who is telling your story? The right point-of-view9:39
Characters in Your Novel--How to reveal your characters to your readers, and more12:44
Plotting Your Novel--Plotting out your narrative11:46
Editing Your Manuscript--Rewriting your novel12:00
Publishing Your Novel--Ways to publish your novel9:32
About This Class
This class will slowly and carefully walk a new novelist through the process of writing their first book. It is a class for everyone who has a story to tell and wants to learn how to do it. It is a step-by-step method based on the techniques I have developed as a writer, and used in the writing of my 13 novels. Students have the advantage of posting their own prose on-line and receiving positive feedback from other students. This is invaluable. You learn what ‘works’ and what ‘doesn’t work’ while still writing your first draft.
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Great class, great tips from professional skilled writer. Thank you John for sharing your knowledge.
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John is an experienced and accomplished writer in his own right. His insights on the process and different aspects of writing were helpful even though my book will not be fiction which is the classes' focus. I did learn a number of things about writing and publishing I'll find helpful as I work on my own book.
John Coyne knows how to write books. He has published 25 of them, including 13 novels. Several of his novels are award-winners and best-sellers on sports, historical fiction, mystery, horror and romance. A former Dean at SUNY Old Westbury, he has taught creative writing at the college level in the United States and Africa. He grew up in rural Illinois and has lived in Ethiopia, Spain, Washington D.C., Michigan, and New York City. His BA degree is from Saint Louis University and his masters in English was obtained from Western Michigan University.
Among his published novels are The Piercing, The Legacy, Hobgoblin, The Hunting Season, Brothers & Sisters, The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan, and Long Ago and Far Away.
He is married to a magazine editor.