Writing and Publishing Your First Fiction Novel

A course by João Tordo
Author. Lisbon, Portugal.
Joined January 2022
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Develop an original idea into a compelling manuscript that’s ready to share with publishers by exploring story structure, characters, perspective, and editing

  • 100% positive reviews (5)
  • 377 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Develop an original idea into a compelling manuscript that’s ready to share with publishers by exploring story structure, characters, perspective, and editing



  • 100% positive reviews (5)
  • 377 students
  • 15 lessons (3h 35m)
  • 32 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

“I always think of novel-writing as a tightrope. You are walking on the wire, not knowing whether you’ll get to the other side. It takes a tremendous amount of faith. But what an exciting adventure!”
João Tordo is an award-winning author who has published 18 books. His work ranges from literary fiction to thrillers and non-fiction, and he has won awards including the Fernando Namora Prize, and the GQ Prize.

In this online course, he presents his step-by-step guide to writing your novel and getting it published. Discover his process for turning an original idea into a captivating novel and learn to navigate the stormy but rewarding journey of becoming a published author. Find your literary voice and watch it grow and deepen with each page.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Structure
  • U3
    U3. Getting to the Page
  • U4
    U4. The Devil Is in the Detail
  • U5
    U5. Preparing the Manuscript for an Editor
  • FP
    FP Final project
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"Begin the course by getting to know author João Tordo. Discover how he turned his childhood love for books into a full-time career, along with the influences that inspire his work.

Dive into the fundamentals of storytelling. Then explore narrative arcs, the three-act structure, and plot points. João then talks through the components of a text, from narration to dialogue.

Learn how to start your story before moving on to characters and how they relate to the plot, voice, and scene of your novel. Next, explore the different narrative points of view, along with how to find your voice.

Hear João’s tips for writing compelling dialogue, and crafting a scene from start to finish. Then learn how to edit your own writing and prepare it in the form of a manuscript.

See how to develop professional relationships with editors. To wrap up the course, João shares his advice for finding a publisher and sharing your manuscript. "

What is this course's project?

Make a start on your first novel and develop a synopsis that you can use to approach editors and publishers.

Who is this online course for?

A cualquier persona que desee escribir su propia novela y saber más sobre el proceso de publicación.

Requirements and materials

This course is for anyone who wants to write their own novel, and find out more about the publishing process.


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João Tordo

A course by João Tordo

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João Tordo is an award-winning author based in Lisbon, Portugal. As a child, he was obsessed with books and knew from an early age he wanted to be a storyteller. He went on to study writing in New York and published his first book, The Book of Lightless Men in 2004.

He’s since published 18 books and won multiple awards including the José Saramago Literary Prize, the Fernando Namora Prize, and the GQ Prize. His books are published around the world in countries like France, Hungary, Spain, Brazi, and Mexico. He has also worked on shows for Netflix, including Until Life Do Us Part.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    The Structure

    • Stages of Storytelling
    • The Narrative Arc 1
    • The Narrative Arc 2
    • Components of the Novel
  • U3

    Getting to the Page

    • Origins of a Story 1
    • Origins of a Story 2
    • Building a Character
    • Points of View
  • U4

    The Devil Is in the Detail

    • Dialogue
    • The Craft of a Scene
    • Editing Your Writing
  • U5

    Preparing the Manuscript for an Editor

    • Relationship with Editors
    • Scouting the Market for a Publisher
  • FP

    Final project

    • Writing and Publishing Your First Fiction Novel

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Writing and Publishing Your First Fiction Novel. Writing course by João Tordo

Writing and Publishing Your First Fiction Novel

A course by João Tordo
Author. Lisbon, Portugal.
Joined January 2022
  • 100% positive reviews (5)
  • 377 students