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The Foundations of Fiction (Writing Mastery)

Become a creative writing master and write killer novels, memoirs, or short stories
Jessica Brody
36,261 students enrolled
English [Auto] More
Master the 6 universal foundations that make up ALL great fiction
Create complex, realistic characters who will jump right off the page
Write vibrant, riveting dialogue that will breathe life into your scenes
Construct vivid, memorable settings that will shape the world of your story
Compose intricate, scintillating prose that will pull readers in from the first word
Structure masterful, gripping plots that will hook readers and keep them turning pages

Student Reviews For “Foundations of Fiction”:

“This course is AMAZING. You learn so much so fast – all stuff you can actually use.” – Alicia M.

“I’ve learned more from this course than I have from years of research. I will forever refer to the material provided here.” – Stephanie H.

“Great writing exercises. It surprised me how many and rich scenes came pouring out. Scenes and ideas I never knew I had within me!” – Laura L.

Do you want to write fiction that is sophisticated, compelling, and dynamic?

Do you want to find more inspiration in your creative writing?

Do you want to master the tools that every great fiction writer knows and uses to craft their novels and short stories? 

We’re here to help!

From international bestselling author and Udemy’s “Breakout Instructor of 2016” comes an ENGAGING, INSPIRING, and COMPREHENSIVE fiction writing course for beginners and advanced writers alike!

Whether you want to write novels, short stories, memoirs, flash fiction or even screenplays and stage plays, this course will help you master the 6 Universal Foundations that make up all great fiction. 

These six tools (Character, Dialogue, Point of View, Narrative Style, Setting, and Plot) are what every accomplished fiction writer knows and uses to craft their stories.    

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create complex, realistic characters who will jump right off the page

  • Write vibrant, riveting dialogue that will breathe life into your scenes

  • Construct vivid, memorable settings that will shape the world of your story

  • Compose intricate, scintillating prose that will pull readers in from the first word

  • Structure masterful, gripping plots that will hook readers and keep them turning pages

Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned writer looking to improve your craft, this fun, interactive course (jam packed with over 6 hours of video and more than 25 fun writing exercises) will give you the skills, confidence, and inspiration you need to become a FICTION WRITING MASTER!

“This course is exactly what I needed to understand the craft of writing. Each element of writing is explained using concrete examples and there are constant opportunities to practice each skill in fun ways.” – Margaret G.

“This course has given me the inspiration and foundational writing tools to get started on my first novel.” Kirsty S.

I feel energized to FINALLY get my story from my head on to paper!” – Tracy W.

I just can’t stop writing!– Robyn B.

With two learning tracks (Foundation and Advanced), this course offers a unique flexible curriculum, allowing you to learn at your own pace and skill level.

If you’re just starting out, try our Foundation Track to master the basics first before moving onto the more advanced elements. Or, if you’re a more seasoned writer (or someone who enjoys an extra challenge!), try our Advanced Track to dive deeper into each of the six areas of fiction writing mastery.    

Regardless of which track you choose, we guarantee that after taking this course, you will:

  • Be more inspired to write

  • Feel more confident about your writing

  • Notice a vast improvement in your writing abilities

So who are we?

Jessica Brody is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 20 novels for kids, teens, and adults, published by several major publishers like Simon & Schuster, Random House, Macmillan, and Disney Press. Her books have been translated and published in more than 23 countries and two are currently in development as major motion pictures. One of Jessica’s recent novels, The Chaos of Standing Still received a coveted starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who called it “absorbing from first page to last.” And now Jessica is sharing her proven storytelling methods and fiction writing secrets in this course.     

Joanne Rendell is the author of three novels published by Penguin Books. Joanne also holds a PhD in English Literature and teaches regular writing classes for kids and teens in New York City.   

Jessica and Joanne have also co-written a sci-fi trilogy together, published by Simon & Schuster. The System Divine series (Sky Without Stars, Between Burning Worlds and Suns Will Rise) is sci-fi re-imagining of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables set on another planet.    

Together, Jessica and Joanne have created an extensive course to help writers (beginner to advanced) build a storytelling foundation and nurture their love of writing.

This course is jam packed full of: 

  • Examples from popular books and movies that will help you fully grasp the elements of great storytelling

  • Loads of fun, inspiring writing prompts designed to spark your imagination, get your creative juices flowing, and implement the topics covered in each lecture

  • Tons of practical writing tips and advice to take you on an unforgettable creative journey toward becoming an exceptional fiction writer

Jessica’s 10+ years of professional experience writing commercial fiction, combined with Joanne’s in-depth knowledge of classic literature and the writing craft, make for an engaging and enlightening class that is guaranteed to leave you feeling empowered and, most important, inspired to write.   

Enroll now and get started on your journey to becoming a Creative Writing Master!


  • 10 writing courses

  • Over 50,000 students enrolled

  • Average Rating 4.7 stars!

“Jessica is truly a gifted teacher!” – Vicky

“Jessica is a LEGEND…Completely worth it.” – Ras

“Superb. Clear and engaging – Dan

“Just, WOW! Jessica Brody provides much more than a boatload… try a cruise ship FULL of tips, tricks, resources, references, and actionable steps” – Tracy

“Thorough, accurate, and well-presented –I would recommend Jessica Brody’s courses to any writer eager to rise.” – Mark

“Jessica Brody breaks down these concepts with clarity and amazing insight.”  – Mike

“Jessica Brody’s courses are all thorough, entertaining, and extremely helpful.” – Tricia

“As always, Jessica Brody delivers an insider’s knowledge and the tools to move forward in the process, now!” – Sue

“Very informative and well worth the time and cost.” – Noel

“Clear, concise, & well-narrated with an abundance of enthusiasm.” – Christopher

“This course is worth far more than the price of admission!” – Talmage

“Jessica Brody has a gift for distilling lots of hard-earned information into concise and tasty bites.” – Katherine

“If you write (or plan to write), get this course” – Scott

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6 hours on-demand video
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Monday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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