Online UVic Courses Early 2023

There are currently three online UVic courses available in February and March 2023. Click on the title of the course to go to the UVic website.

ASWL112 Fast Paced Novels (5 spots left as of Feb 1)

February 11 to March 4, 2023, Saturdays, 9 am to 11 am

Writing thriller and mystery novels requires a fast pace combined with strong characters, believable situations and plenty of twists and turns. In this four-part course, learn how to foreshadow with clues, both false and real, as well as how to create strong heroes and villains. Learn how to write in your true voice, how to build a sense of urgency, and how to give the reader a break. By the end of this course, you will have a concrete timeline, strong characters, great locations and a solid plot.

In-class and take-home assignments will be included.


ASWL118 Romancing the Keyboard (5 spots left as of Feb 1)

Feb 28, 2023 to April 4, 2023, Tuesdays, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Romance is the most popular (sales-wise) of all the genres. Learn what sub-genre works best for you and how to create a great story line. Discover the importance of settings, character development and satisfying the reader. Learn about tropes and how to use them, as well as creating tension through action and dialogue. This is an interactive class with sharing and critique.

ASWL119 Self-Publishing (3 spots left as of Feb 1)

March 9 to 30, 2023, Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Learn to navigate the world of self-publishing. In this course, we’ll study how the book publishing industry has changed, where the money goes, how to organize your book, where to publish, who to use for help (editors, illustrators, proofreaders), and why you need an online presence. Course handouts will include budgeting and pricing, with information on how to market your book.