Reviews

5 star rating

Excellent short course!

Heather MacDonald

Michelle Schusterman is a great teacher. Her voice is pleasant and she sticks to the topic, delivering super useful information which is easy to understand a...

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Michelle Schusterman is a great teacher. Her voice is pleasant and she sticks to the topic, delivering super useful information which is easy to understand and execute. Since being introduced to Michelle's on-line help, I have made huge strides. The novels I've been carting around in my head for years are finally making it to the page -- and I don't want to chuck them in the bin! That's really saying something! :)

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5 star rating

Title is perfect

Penelope Barrass

I found this interesting. Before the course had finished I already had ideas of where I needed to expand parts of my novel (it's already written - but I'm c...

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I found this interesting. Before the course had finished I already had ideas of where I needed to expand parts of my novel (it's already written - but I'm currently editing) This course has helped my think more about my characters and where I need to improve my story to show their characteristics and specifically why they act the way they do. Glad I did the course.

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5 star rating

An excellent way to fast track your character development

Ruthie Coltrane

This course was so well set out I went from an idea to a full character arc in an hour. I even have my side characters ready to join the plot now. I would ...

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This course was so well set out I went from an idea to a full character arc in an hour. I even have my side characters ready to join the plot now. I would recommend this not just newbies but to anyone not quiet feeling it with their character. Thank you!

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5 star rating

Clear and Informative

Emma Freed

Thanks Michelle! As always your instruction is clear and informative and I like your hopeful approach to story and to writing. Thanks for keeping things simp...

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Thanks Michelle! As always your instruction is clear and informative and I like your hopeful approach to story and to writing. Thanks for keeping things simple in this class and really getting to the meat of good stories. I appreciate all the content you offer for free! This pdf is really helpful and the explanations are clear and concise. I highly recommend if you are stuck on story, unclear on your character arc or if you tend to overwhelm yourself with various plot structures/books on craft and need to get back to the core of the story you are working on.

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5 star rating

Informative

Teresa Smeigh

I found this course informative and well laid out and the audio sections were a great addition to help understanding the page's intent.

I found this course informative and well laid out and the audio sections were a great addition to help understanding the page's intent.

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5 star rating

wonderfully direct

Melissa Curl

This course presented a very potent and straightforward approach to character building that led directly into plotting. I am so pleased I found this, it was ...

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This course presented a very potent and straightforward approach to character building that led directly into plotting. I am so pleased I found this, it was super helpful.

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5 star rating

Bite-sized snack, now I'm craving more!

Jojo Graves

I adore how short and simple this course was. Many courses are –at times– too long and confusing, but these are just perfect. I never feel overwhelmed and I ...

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I adore how short and simple this course was. Many courses are –at times– too long and confusing, but these are just perfect. I never feel overwhelmed and I leave excited to learn more! Thank you for making these!!!

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Quick and helpful

Estes Ward

Michelle's course really clarified what was missing in my character's arc and gave me great ways to think about other characters in the future.

Michelle's course really clarified what was missing in my character's arc and gave me great ways to think about other characters in the future.

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5 star rating

Thank you :)

Ayuki Holmes

I don't have anything else to say but the way that you say things makes it all the much easier to understand character and how character makes things authent...

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I don't have anything else to say but the way that you say things makes it all the much easier to understand character and how character makes things authentic and realistic at the same time! :) Thank you!

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5 star rating

Create Dynamic Characters Workshop

Kasey Holcomb

I found this workshop helpful. It wasn't a boring lecture on the points characters needs to have but actual examples and other questions to flesh out the ch...

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I found this workshop helpful. It wasn't a boring lecture on the points characters needs to have but actual examples and other questions to flesh out the character.

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5 star rating

Beautifully accessible

Kanashii Ookami

Love it. And the fact that it's accessible for those with hearing or sight impairment. It shows how much you thought of all of us.❤

Love it. And the fact that it's accessible for those with hearing or sight impairment. It shows how much you thought of all of us.❤

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5 star rating

Incredibly helpful!

Jessica Vázquez

Brief, well structured, and everything so clearly explained. I see myself coming back to this course many more times. If you're preparing for NaNoWriMo, I hi...

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Brief, well structured, and everything so clearly explained. I see myself coming back to this course many more times. If you're preparing for NaNoWriMo, I highly recommend starting here after coming up with a general idea of what your story is about. You may even come out of this course with your plot figured out.

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Instructor

Michelle Schusterman

Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen critically acclaimed novels published by Penguin Random House, Scholastic, and Little, Brown. Her books have received accolades including multiple Junior Library Guild selections, ALA Rainbow List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers List, and starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and Booklist. Michelle has been a teacher ever since receiving her bachelor's in music education in 2003. As a creative writing instructor, she has led over 500 writing workshops and taught over 1,000 writers of all ages.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome!

    • A message from Michelle

    • Course Workbook (PDF)

    • Course Workbook (Audio, Module 1)

    • Course Workbook (Audio, Module 2)

    • Course Workbook (Audio, Bonus Module)

  • 2

    MODULE 1: Finding Flaws

    • Lesson 1

    • Lesson 2

    • Lesson 3

    • Test your learning

  • 3

    MODULE 2: Finding an Arc

    • Lesson 4

    • Lesson 5

  • 4

    BONUS MODULE: Finding a Plot

    • Lesson 6

  • 5

    Next Steps...

    • More Resources for You!

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