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What do you do when you decide you want to be a writer? Why learn to write of course. But how do you know where to start? What do you put in your story? How do you end it? How do you figure it out?
The simple answer: take a writing course.
But with so many options choosing a writing course may feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack or throwing good money after bad. (Sorry the clichés have got me and they won’t let me go.) Guideposts has an affordable alternative. Their new course How To Tell A Great Story is affordable, accessible, and amazing.
The course is formatted in short videos where the editors explain the topic by illustrating examples. The longest video is a little over 15 minutes.
Each chapter ends with a quiz based on the material. There’s a 65% pass mark but don’t worry, you can watch the videos as many times as you like and retake the quiz.
The Guideposts How To Tell A Great Story Course covers the basic tenets of story writing: character, dialogue, plot, beginning, and ending.
While the course seems to have been designed to help persons who want to write for Guideposts, it contains relevant training for any first-person narrative, including blogging. The skills learned can be applied to any piece of writing.
What I Thought About the Course
How To Tell A Great Story is a great course for beginner writers or someone who has been writing for some time but wants to improve their technique. The modules are presented by editors who are also writers so you get the best of both worlds.
While it focuses on stories written from a first-person point-of-view, there is wisdom that will allow the writer to create any piece of work. The information can easily be used to write short stories or blog posts and can be used to plot out and write longer manuscripts.
I liked the fact that the editors spoke directly to me giving a shot of their personality. They were enthusiastic and knowledgeable and their passion made me excited about the material.
What Other People Are Saying
The title fits the course! With the direction included in the course, a much more interesting story can be told.
By Terry Stafford
June 17th, 2018
Each of the instructors in this course was both knowledgeable and well-meaning and seemed happy to be helping other writers become ‘just a little more’ than they were before entering the course. I went quickly through it looking for the catch but saw that there was none. I now intend to go back and pour over the course to glean all I possibly can from a well put quick course for any writer. Thank you so much for your time and efforts. I for one am thankful for you and your efforts.
Rating: 5 of 5
By Cathy Hoheisel
June 10th, 2018
I am forever grateful to the Guideposts editors who presented this course in such a way to help make writing great stories an achievable goal for me. The real-life people on the videos made this course come alive for me. I will be watching the course videos repeatedly not only because of the valuable information but also because of the positive energy I receive from them. This course is Priceless. I only wish I would have taken this before, and not after I submitted my Writers Workshop story. I will keep writing though! Thank You for offering this amazing course, and at such an affordable price.
Feeling oh so Grateful
Rating: 5 of 5
Just What It’s About
By Charlotte Thwing
May 28th, 2018
Very helpful! Gives all the nuts and bolts of writing a good story. The examples from various stories to describe a feature, like characterization, were most helpful. The videos and the back and forth between different writers made it interesting and good to get different perspectives, male and female, different styles, etc. The quizzes after each chapter helped me see if I really got it and sometimes the outcomes surprised me. Having the structure of the presentations helped model the importance of logic and structure.
Rating: 5 of 5
Purchase Guideposts How To Tell A Great Story Course and get lifetime access. Watch the videos as often as you like and apply the techniques to your writing today.
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