So You Want to Write Urban Fantasy

Instructor: Jeanne Stein

October 2 – 30

Fee: $30

What is Urban Fantasy?

Why has it become the hottest new genre to hit the market in decades?

Is it too late to tap in?

What elements do you need to write UF?

These are some of the topics covered in this course. The lectures include:

1. What is Urban Fantasy? Description, Author List, Examples

2. Where do you start? POV, Setting, and World Building

3. How do you write for the UF (or any) audience? Some “rules’

4. Character Development

5. Story Structure – Plotting, Inciting Incident

6. Dialogue – Putting Words in Your Characters’ Mouths

7. Conflict – What is it? Why is it important?

8. How to keep a reader engaged — Creating and Maintaining Suspense

9. How much Sex? How much romance?

10. Common Mistakes

11. The Market – Big Press, Small Press, Self-pub

You will find that these lessons can be applied to any genre writing. While some are specific to Urban Fantasy, world building, for instance, most pertain to crafting a good a story.

Following the end of each lecture, you’ll find a brief interview with an Urban Fntasy author. Among them are Mario Acevedo, Charlaine Harris, Jackie Kessler, Richelle Mead, Lynda Hilburn, Mark Henry, Anton Strout, and Devon Monk. Each will each make an appearance and share some of their thoughts about being characterized as an UF author.

Some of the authors sent pictures of their writing spaces. If you’re like me and curious about where these successful authors work their magic, I hope you enjoy these glimpses into their working worlds.

I’ll post lectures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In between, feel free to email questions or comments. Also, feel free to share your own works in progress with the class if you seek comment or critique. Please limit those entries to about two pages (500 words). Also, if you have specific questions you’d like addressed, send them along.

I’m starting with the presumption that those taking this class are writers looking to try their hand at a new genre. I will post a list of suggested readings at the end. There are general writing books, Frey’s How To Write A Damn Good Novel, for example, that should be a part of every writer’s library.

I’d like this to be an exchange of ideas. Though my seventh book was released in August and I just sent the eighth to the publisher, I still consider myself a newbie. I’m learning new things everyday about writing and the publishing world. I’m happy to share. Writing is a complex, surprising, often frustrating business.

It’s also the best job I’ve ever had. I trust you’ll find it to be the best job you’ve ever had too.

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