Interested in writing romance** and/or mystery fiction** but don’t know where to start? Or, do you have a work-in-progress and need help with character and plot development? Join us as we delve into both genres and create three unique short stories.

In Weeks 1 - 3, we'll create believable characters and study the elements of romance fiction by reading excerpts from genre-specific work. We'll learn the elements of setting a realistic scene, then write a short romance story.

During Week 4 and 5, we'll study elements of mystery fiction by reading excerpts from genre-specific work. Then using the characters from the first assignment, we'll create a new scene and write a short mystery story.

In Week 6 you'll be challenged to combine elements from both romance and mystery fiction for the final writing assignment.

Live classes will be held online and run for six weeks. All sessions begin at 6:00 PM (Pacific time) on Tuesdays  – see start date below. Video recordings will be made available after each class. Each session consists of lecture, group interaction, handouts, and writing assignments.

Registration is now open for the Summer term and will continue through the first day of the live class. Fee for new students is $100*, returning students $75*. The class includes course, materials, weekly feedback, and unlimited access to class recordings.

Summer Term: Begins July 2, 2019. Online live classes Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and August 6. Scroll down to register today!


*If you have taken any previous class from Joan Raymond Writing, you are eligible for the returning student 25% discount. 

**The romance genre is fiction where romance is central to the plot and the ending is optimistic and emotionally satisfying.

**The mystery genre is a branch of fiction where a regular person, an investigator, or professional, solves a puzzling crime, or series of crimes giving the reader a feeling of resolution by the end of the book.

What to expect from the Advanced Writing class:

Tools to develop characters, plot, and setting.

Handouts and recommended resources.

Live classes where you can ask questions about your writing.

Detailed feedback from your instructor.

Weekly writing assignments.

A safe environment for sharing your stories.

Video recordings of each class.

Encouragement and personalized help with your writing.

Classes are open to writers of all levels, though some writing experience is helpful. Writing practice and assignments will help participants empathize with their characters, craft realistic dialogue, and create memorable scenes; then put everything together to write several short stories.

Ready to get started?

Register today! Enrollment Fees: New Student: $100.00 Returning Student: $75.00

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Cancellation Policy and Other Disclaimers:

1. The Advanced Writing class may be cancelled for a 100% refund if within 48 hours of the first live session. Thereafter the fee is non-refundable. 

2. The Advanced Writing class is an instructional class. Joan Raymond Writing makes no representations regarding publication of work and does not make any direct efforts to have student work published.