Fiction Writing 101

Learn to write like YOUR favorite writer.

You don’t learn to write fiction just by taking classes. You learn to write by reading the writers you love.

Fiction Writing 101 is an introduction for beginner students new to writing and for those struggling to get published.

This short and simple course shows you powerful techniques to get you started writing fiction…in the style of your favorite writer.

  • Understand the real reasons we love to read fiction (HINT – Immersion!)
  • Learn to Analyse and Synthesise short pieces of writing by top writers
  • Build a toolkit of essential skills for fiction writers including Narrative & Scene, Style & Voice, Inner Monologue & Outer Worldbuilding.
  • And the best piece of writing advice…EVER!

Part One: Introduction

One of Damien’s students is in love with Sarah J Maas and wants to write just like her. We look at why we love to read fiction – immersion.

Part Two: Analysis

A deep reading of The Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas and analysis of her key strengths as a writer.

Part Three: Writing Toolkit

Building a toolkit of writing skills based on the analysis of Sarah J Maas that you can apply to your own fiction writing.

Part Four: Synthesis

Damien writes his own opening chapter based on Sarah J Maas and invites you to learn by completing the exercise of Analysis and Synthesis.


Damien Walter teaches The Rhetoric of Story and Writing the 21st Century Myth to over 35,000 students worldwide. His stories and non-fiction have been published with the BBC, Guardian, Independent, Oxford University Press, Wired, Buzzfeed and many more.


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

11 thoughts on “Fiction Writing 101

      1. Nope. Verified account and subscription. I still get “ Members-only content
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  1. Hi, I’m having troubles accessing any courses on this website. I kept being asked to pay for Udemy courses, appreciate some instructions to access them, thank you!


    1. Lemme correct myself. I’m unable to access “Storytelling for Academics” and “Fiction Writing 101”. The rest I seem to able to watch the lectures fine.


  2. Dear Damien, it looks that the problem with the access of the courses through your website persists. In comment section I see tips such as “a user has to be signed in”. I’ve tried all possible mediums (mobile, desktop, Windows, iOs), but I was unable to find an option to “Sign in”. Regardless which course I click, all I find is either “Become a patron”, or “Subscribe”, or “Join”, but no option to “Sign In” for already paying members. What do I do wrong?


    1. Hmm.. I am signed in my WordPress account, but nevertheless all I can get is an access to free-only content. For example, the course Fiction Writing 101 remains inaccessible, just the introduction is seen. Any other ideas?



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