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Book Writing for Beginners: Develop Your Ideas on Paper

A course by Shaun Levin
Writer and Creative Writing Teacher. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2020
, Writer and Creative Writing Teacher

Expand your written ideas into a doable book project using your curiosity, imagination, and worldview

  • Best seller
  • 100% positive reviews (124)
  • 7648 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch

Expand your written ideas into a doable book project using your curiosity, imagination, and worldview



  • 100% positive reviews (124)
  • 7648 students
  • 19 lessons (3h 21m)
  • 17 additional resources (1 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

A book is a testament to the uniqueness of our individual imagination. Author and creative writing teacher Shaun Levin has published several novels and short story collections, including A Year of Two Summers, Seven Sweet Things, and Snapshots of the Boy. For him, writing is a journey of discovery that allows us to gain a deeper understanding of the world around us, and he specializes in teaching others to do just that.

In this course, Shaun shows you how to expand your stories into a book and incorporate this writing adventure into your daily life. Discover how to craft a compelling narrative, and share a chapter and brief synopsis as your final project. Are you ready to follow your curiosity and write your own captivating book?

This is Shaun’s third Domestika course. In his first, Creative Writing for Beginners: Bringing Your Story to Life, he teaches you how to use the details of your imagination to write a memorable story. For anyone with an interest in writing short stories more specifically, Shaun guides you through writing stories that combine both fiction and non-fiction in his second course, Short Story Writing: Create Fiction from Personal Experience.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Where, What, and How of Preparing to Write a Book
  • U3
    U3. Start Writing and Keep Going till the End
  • U4
    U4. How to Keep Going till the End
  • U5
    U5. How to Get Your Book Out into the World
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know writer and creative writing coach Shaun Levin. He talks through his 20-year career along with the books he’s written based on his own personal and political experiences. Discover the influences that inspire his work and dive into the relationship between books and real life.

Discover the where, what, and how of preparing to write a book. Shaun shares his truths about writing, before showing you how to gather resources that act as a roadmap for your work. Learn how to come up with a rough plan for your project, then discover the importance of writing regularly. Explore how to find support from the people around you during the writing process and how to choose parts of yourself to bring to your work. Recognize the difference between a short story and a book-length project.

Learn how to start writing and make the theme of your book present in every scene. Then take a look at the characters. Learn about names, and what they can tell us about a book, before looking for possible side projects to work on during the book writing process. See how to create a sense of movement in your narrative, as well as establish its dimensions and timeframe.

Shaun shares how writing in different places can encourage new perspectives and why secrets are at the heart of a story. Using his personal writing experience as your guide, explore the value of social and political issues in your work and how to see your book through to completion.

Write a synopsis of your book that’s ready to share with the press, agents, or potential publishers. Shaun then gives his advice for writing a letter to an agent and what to expect from the publishing process. To finish the course, find out why and how to start writing a new book to follow this one.

What is this course's project?

Write a chapter of your book along with a brief synopsis that’s ready to share with agents.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in learning how to write their own book.

Requirements and materials

Some writing experience is useful, but not essential.

In terms of materials, you will need a notebook, a pen, and a computer.


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Shaun Levin

A course by Shaun Levin

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Writer and Creative Writing Teacher

Shaun Levin is a writer and creative writing teacher from South Africa who is based in Madrid. He also lived and wrote for many years in Tel Aviv and London. His writing has always been prompted by reading and closely examining the books he loves. He went on to study literature at university and soon started to get his stories published in magazines and anthologies. His passion for books has led him to a parallel career in bookbinding and producing handmade books.

Shaun has over twenty years of experience teaching creative writing in colleges, schools, art galleries, and other settings. He has published several novels and short story collections, including Alone with a Man in a Room, Seven Sweet Things, and Snapshots of The Boy, as well as three guides for writers taking on book-length projects, The Writing Notebooks. Today, Shaun continues to teach creative writing and work on his next novel and collection of short stories.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    The Where, What, and How of Preparing to Write a Book

    • Some Truths about Writing a Book
    • Gather Your Resources: The Map of Your Book
    • Gather Your Resources: What's Your Plan A?
    • The Shared Experience of Writing a Book
    • Who Are You When Writing a Book?
    • A Book Is Not a Short Story
  • U3

    Start Writing and Keep Going till the End

    • Starting from Where You Are
    • The Characters in Your Book
    • Movement in Your Book
    • How Wide, How Deep: The Dimensions of Your Book
  • U4

    How to Keep Going till the End

    • How Different Places Encourage New Perspectives
    • Secrets Are at the Heart of a Story
    • The Big Issues of Your Book
    • Doing Whatever It Takes
  • U5

    How to Get Your Book Out into the World

    • How to Write the Synopsis of Your Book
    • How to Write a Letter to an Agent
    • How and Why to Start Writing Your Next Book
  • FP

    Final project

    • Book Writing for Beginners: Develop Your Ideas on Paper

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Book Writing for Beginners: Develop Your Ideas on Paper. Writing course by Shaun Levin Best seller

Book Writing for Beginners: Develop Your Ideas on Paper

A course by Shaun Levin
Writer and Creative Writing Teacher. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (124)
  • 7648 students