Literary Writing for Beginners: How to Become an Author

A course by Isabelle Lehn
Freelance Writer. Leipzig, Germany.
Joined May 2021
, Freelance Writer

Get a practical and theoretical introduction of literary writing to discover your voice and share your perspective with the world

  • German with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (61)
  • 2314 students

Get a practical and theoretical introduction of literary writing to discover your voice and share your perspective with the world

The fact that there's no rule book for writing literary texts means that even the keenest writers can end up feeling overwhelmed sometimes. In this online course, writer Isabelle Lehn teaches you to take your first steps to becoming an author. It's normal to draw a blank when asking yourself what exactly it is you want to write about. That's why in this course, you start with the "how" rather than the "what." Begin by simply following your impulse to write by running with an idea that fascinates you or focusing on something you might have seen, and learn to find and kindle a narrative structure in a playful and experimental way.

Isabelle introduces you to some stimuli and techniques to give you a little nudge in the right direction. Discover your strengths and work on developing your skills. With her as your guide, explore how to publish your work and see what emphasis and writing styles work best for you, what to write about, and how to overcome whatever obstacles might have previously got in your way. By the end of the course, you'll have written a short piece of prose to showcase all your capabilities.

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What will you learn in this online course?

11 lessons & 30 downloads

German with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (61)
  • 2314 students
  • 11 lessons (2h 13m)
  • 30 additional resources (15 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Write two pages of prose that you can use as a short story or the beginning of a longer piece.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone wanting to take up writing and professionals who want to boost their writing skills and knowledge.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is needed to take this course.

All you need is a pencil and a notebook or a note application and a word processor.


2314 Students
61 Reviews
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Isabelle Lehn

A course by Isabelle Lehn

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Freelance Writer

Isabelle Lehn is a freelance writer based in Leipzig, Germany. After earning a degree in literary writing and receiving her doctorate in rhetoric from the German Institute for Literature, Leipzig, she also went on to work there as a teacher and assistant while carrying out her research. Her work can be classified as a combination of fiction, essay, and realism. Each of her texts is an exploratory journey—at the beginning, the end is unknown, and as it progresses, she as the narrator learns more and more about her surroundings, her timeline, and also about herself.

In 2016, she published her first novel Binde zwei Vögel zusammen, which has won several awards, and in 2019, her autofiction book Frühlingserwachen was shortlisted for the Text und Sprache literary award. She has also received various grants and her essay Weibliches Schreiben in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur, about specific gender roles within the literary world, was highly acclaimed and won the Dietrich Oppenberg Media award. She regularly writes essays and radio-show columns, hosts literary events and podcasts, and teaches classes, conferences, and workshops.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    What to Write About: Research and Collection of Material

    • Writing Exercises to Help You Get Started
    • Leverage Content and Capture Impressions
    • Learning to See: Tracking Down Stories
  • U3

    How to Write: Design and Revise Texts

    • The First Draft: Finding a Shape
    • From the Toolbox: Storytelling Techniques
    • Revise, Shape and Condense Texts
  • U4

    Keep Writing, Persevering and Publishing

    • Seek Allies
    • Out of the Drawer
    • Discover and Develop Literary Skills
  • FP

    Final project

    • Literary Writing for Beginners: How to Become an Author

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Literary Writing for Beginners: How to Become an Author. Writing course by Isabelle Lehn

Literary Writing for Beginners: How to Become an Author

A course by Isabelle Lehn
Freelance Writer. Leipzig, Germany.
Joined May 2021
  • 97% positive reviews (61)
  • 2314 students