Andrea Stanet is a talented fantasy author with five novels and several short stories completed. She wrote as a small-print journalist before completing
a Masters degree in creative writing at City College New York. She taught high school in New York City before shifting her focus to raising her two
children, one with special needs. She currently tutors English and essay writing while taking on freelance writing assignments, blogging and editing.
She plans to launch a fantasy e-zine in the near future. Andrea lives in upstate New York with her husband, children and cat.
What do Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Wizard of Oz all have in
common? Many of our most beloved, best-selling novels are Fantasy Literature. Virtual University's
new "Fantasy Writing Workshop" will help you unleash your own literary artistry. By the end of this
course, you will have the skills necessary to create an enchanting tale that will leave your
Fantasy author Andrea Stanet invites you to join her in this hands-on e-course where
you will learn the basic steps to writing a short fantasy story. The course
covers the unique issues confronting writers who work in this
genre such as creating worlds, creatures, or magic systems. It begins with an overview of
the sub-categories of Fantasy genre and ends with the student completing a short
fantasy story. The final lesson covers the publication process and breaks down some of the
writers markets students may want to explore. This is a learn-by-doing workshop and participants
will be asked to submit their short stories for critiques.
When you have completed this course, you should be able to:
Identify, understand and research examples of the
various sub-classifications of Fantasy genre including: Heroic Fantasy,
Low Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Comic Fantasy, Science Fantasy, Contemporary
Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, and Fairy Tale.
Understand two of the most important aspects of writing a genre fantasy story: world and character creation.
Fine-tune your skills in describing details about the period, place, and inhabitants of your fantasy world.
Research and learn about the different ways fantasy characters are treated in other cultures and tales.
Learn how to compose and practice writing vivid and believable fantasy settings.
Explore archetypes and discover how to populate your magical world with unforgettable characters.
Prepare a preliminary character sketch and setting for your fantasy story.
Gain insights into narrative structure, point of view,
conflict and literary devices that will help you create a rich and
Examine the different Points of View available to the fiction writer and understand the benefits and challenges each presents.
Understand the basic mechanics of structuring plots and scenes.
Understand the importance of conflict in your fantasy story and gain a knack for how to create it.
Unleash your literary artistry and write your first draft!
Learn practical and effective approaches to self-editing.
Research markets and find the right publisher for your work.
Know what publishers, editors, and agents are looking for in the submission process.
Consider the pros and cons of self-publishing your fantasy story.