If you’ve ever thought about writing a book or a screenplay but don’t know where to start, you might want to consider the Ultimate Creative Novel & Screen Writing Academy course bundle ($49.99; stacksocial.com). It includes 11 courses totaling 390 individual lessons that cover how to write for different genres and ages, and how to turn a piece of creative writing into a proper screenplay.
Courses are broken down into short videos averaging between four and 10 minutes. No videos in any lesson exceed 30 minutes, which is something we really appreciated — the information is presented in a manageable way. Plus, the instructors are the same across all of the courses, so you won’t have to worry about teaching styles shifting between courses. Prerecorded videos of the instructors explaining methods and styles and are often paired with a PowerPoint-style presentation, so the instruction still feels personal and engaging with friendly faces on-screen.
If you’ve struggled with writer’s block or you’re simply looking to sharpen your creative talents, this course bundle is a worthy investment. Let’s break down everything you’ll gain from these courses.
Novel and screenplay writing and publishing
Courses in this category include Novel Writing Workshop, Screenwriting Workshop, Adapting Novel to Screenplay and Publish Your Book Now. The Novel and Screenwriting Workshop courses break down the more logistical aspects of writing, focusing not on content but how to structure your writing properly, what types of characters are necessary for your story to succeed and how to convey story traits like mystery, time, viewpoint and dialogue. (The genre courses. which we’ll get to in a bit, cover the more creative elements of writing).
Have a novel that you want to turn into a screenplay? There’s a course dedicated to just that. The Adapting Novel to Screenplay course gives you insight on exactly how to reformat and restructure the novel you’ve already written into a solid, successful screenplay. This course was shorter than most of the others included in the bundle but we found it was just as effective and engaging as the longer courses. It’s a very nice addition to the bundle overall, as it weaves a strong web between the two writing methods.
Another course included in this bundle that we found compelling was the Publish Your Book Now course. In addition to exploring five ways to publish your writing, the instructors dive deeper into the Kindle e-book publishing process. They also discuss how to turn your novel into an audiobook using the Audible app. There are even lessons that look into the financial aspects of publishing and selling your work, which makes for a bundle that provides a thorough education on the world of publishing.
Genres and age range
The bundle comes with genre-specific courses, including science fiction and fantasy, romance, nonfiction, mystery and even a “Write Your Life Story” course. They walk you through methods of planning out your story, fleshing out your characters and utilizing techniques that are tailored to each genre of writing. In Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, for example, lessons include “Space Travel,” “Time Travel” and a general “Magic” — all key elements in most science-fiction writing, broken down in a digestible way.
If you’re interested in writing children’s or YA stories, Writing for Children and Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop are two courses included in this bundle. The Writing for Children course explores how to write for a wide range of ages; from picture books to young adults, the lessons cover all the bases and teach you specific story patterns to follow that cater to younger audiences. This course also delves a bit into the publishing aspects, though this coverage isn’t too in-depth. The Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop course specifically explores novels written for tweens and teens and how to engage those readers.
Pairing genre writing knowledge with methods for specific age groups is a great start to creating your own novel or screenplay for a niche market. Because this bundle is so broad in its course content, we love that you can apply knowledge from one course to what you’re learning in another. Ultimately, you’re left with the ability to bring new ideas to life with the stroke of a pen (or, more likely, clack of a keyboard).
This Ultimate Creative Novel & Screen Writing Academy course bundle covers a breadth of topics — it’s perfect for anyone getting started on their creative writing journey. Being able to learn how to write for multiple genres, different audiences and for both the page and the screen will give any writer a huge leg up and the ability to find their niche writing style. At $49.99, the we think it’s well worth it (and it’s priced on par with other similar online courses). With extra time on our hands, now is the perfect moment to sharpen writing talents or learn a new skill.