The Basics of Writing Genre Fiction

Effective genre fiction is built on meeting a reader's emotional expectations. Do you know how to give readers what they want?

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How do you write effective genre fiction?

If you want to get published in today's publishing world, you're likely going to have to be able to write fiction in a certain genre.

Some writers try to write by just writing the best book they can while ignoring genre conventions and expectations.

However, I think this is a mistake.

Readers approach genre fiction with a certain set of expectations. If you don't meet and/or effectively subvert those expectations, your readers may not like your book--even if there are no obvious structural problems with it.

To write effective genre fiction, you need to understand what are the basic elements of the genre and what expectations readers come to the genre with.

This minicourse is going to introduce you to those elements and expectations.

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About Ink Slinger Mini Courses

Ink Slinger Mini Courses are built on the premise that many writers don't have time to take an intensive course on every writing subject.

Sometimes, you just need to get a solid foundation on core writing principles really fast.

That's what you get in each of these mini courses.

Each Ink Slinger Mini Course is between twenty and thirty minutes long and gives you the crash course you need to go out and write.

Sometimes a short course means a simple course that only covers the basics. That's not what I'm doing here. I don't want to waste your time with simple lessons.

Instead, each mini course will take a common writing topic like genres or characters or plotting and approach it with a unique perspective that helps you situate the topic in the context of our overall goal as storytellers: to tell stories that both delight and instruct readers. These courses aren't as comprehensive as my main courses. But they aim to be an effective shortcut to help you start working on your story immediately.

Skeptical I can pack enough depth into 20-30 minutes? That's why I offer a 30 day money back guarantee with every course I sell. If you take one of my courses and don't feel like this course helped you as a storyteller, simply shoot me an email at [email protected] and I'll give you a full refund. So feel free to simply try a course out and see if it helps!


What This Course Covers

This mini course explains the importance of reader expectations to genre and then goes through eight different genres to briefly introduce you to the key elements and expectations present in each genre. The goal of this course is to give you the tools you need to do your own research and delve deeper into the specific genre you want to write in. Check out the course syllabus below to see what you'll be learning.


Do You Know How to Write Genre Fiction that Meets a Reader's Expectations?

More specifically, do you know what readers expect of books written in a certain genre?

If not, this course aims to give you the tools you need to learn those expectations.

For those of you who don't know what genre you want to write yet, this genre course will also survey each genre so you know which genre you may be best situated to write.

If you want to learn the basics of writing genre fiction, now is your chance.

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Your Instructor

Josiah DeGraaf
Josiah DeGraaf

I'm Josiah DeGraaf, a high school English teacher, the fiction content manager for the Young Writer's Workshop, and the editor-in-chief of Story Embers. My goal is to help writers craft stories that both teach and delight their readers. The best stories, after all, are both entertaining and meaningful. And so, over the past seven years, I've been helping writers accomplish this through my work at Kingdom Pen, the Young Writer, and Story Embers, along with the dozens of writers I've personally mentored and trained. I'd love to help you take your storycraft to the next level.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.