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Introduction to Narrative Writing

A course by Alberto Chimal
Author and Creative Writing Teacher. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined October 2019
, Author and Creative Writing Teacher

Learn everything you need to know to start writing memorable stories, step by step

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (765)
  • 19476 students
Introduction to Narrative Writing

Learn everything you need to know to start writing memorable stories, step by step

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (765)
  • 19476 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 28m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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Confronting a blank page and starting to write your first lines can become quite an intimidating challenge to face, but writing, just like any other creative field, can be worked on, practiced, and perfected. Renowned writer Alberto Chimal, author of novels, poems, stories, essays, and many other genres, will guide you through the process so that you are able to create memorable narratives.

In this course, learn all the essential steps to build a short story. Explore key concepts such as time, characters, space, plot, and structure, seeing how they work in practice. Alberto Chimal teaches you the fundamentals and techniques of creative writing so you can face the blank page and perfect your narrative writing technique.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The basics
  • U3
    U3. The elements of creation
  • U4
    U4. Go further
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know Alberto Chimal, how he started in the world of creative writing, and see his main projects. See where he draws most of his inspiration from, in literature, comics, or cinema, and go over what you will do in the course.

In the second unit, take your first steps in creating an interesting and memorable story. See the concept of genres and understand the three basic steps of all narrative—approach, development, and conclusion—important when creating logic and sense to your story.

Delve into two fundamental aspects of narrative: plot and structure. Learn how to organize the sequences, analyzing how they entwine, and the different ways in which they can be organized. Explore different structural examples and Alberto Chimal will give you advice on how to manage and provoke emotions with your text.

Explore the four essential elements to create any story: space, time, characters, and perspective. Learn how to create a world inside a story and create character types that inhabit your world. Discover how to tell a story from the best point of view to complete your story.

Lastly, Alberto Chimal gives a series of tips for you to find inspiration and shares some easy tricks to ease your daily writing routine. You will also see the importance of sharing your work and listening to other opinions to get feedback on your story.

What is this course's project?

Write a detailed narrative: a brief text with all the essential elements of a memorable story.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

For all those interested in starting to write their own stories.

What you need

No previous knowledge nor experience is necessary.

You will need basic material to hand-write (pen and paper) or to write digitally (a computer with word-processing software like Word or Google Docs). If you have a blog or a social media account where you can write texts easily, even better.


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Alberto Chimal

A course by Alberto Chimal

Author and Creative Writing Teacher

Alberto Chimal is an established writer with over 25 years of experience in this wonderful profession, specializing in narrative writing: he writes stories for different media, but his focus lies in novels and short stories. The human contact that is created through stories is what he is most passionate about.

He has published over forty novels and short story collections, and he is currently writing a screenplay for his second feature film.


  • U1


    • Presentation (Who am I)
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    The basics

    • The consciousness of creation
    • The genres of the stories
    • Approach, development and conclusion
    • The plot
    • The structure
    • The emotions
  • U3

    The elements of creation

    • The narrated world and the sensations
    • The time of the narrated
    • Characters
    • The perspective
  • U4

    Go further

    • Inspiration and advice
    • Feedback
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to Narrative Writing

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Introduction to Narrative Writing

A course by Alberto Chimal
Author and Creative Writing Teacher. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined October 2019
  • 97% Positive reviews (765)
  • 19476 students