Fiction Writing

Are you a fiction writer? Welcome to Simple Literature’s lessons for writers of stories. Many of the fiction lessons are free downloads. The answer key for them is a paid products. All lessons are located on TeachersPayTeachers.com.

This answer key includes the free fiction lessons below and the answer key to them. That includes:

  • How to Start a Story: What Good Openings Have in Common
  • How to Write Better: A simple Way to Discover Your Emerging Voice
  • How to Write Better: Explore One Literary Device - The Simile
  • How to Create a Great Protagonist

FREE LESSONS

Explore how to create openings that encourage readers to continue reading. Learn, practice, and make all your fiction openings better.

Learn more about the craft of writing and literary techniques. Then practice what you’ve learned. ​

Delve into what makes a good simile and how to judge whether your newly created comparison works. Then practice creating them.

Explore how to create protagonists so they are the character that changes the most in a story and propels the story forward.​ Read. Write. Practice.

Article Writing

Are you a nonfiction writer? Welcome to Simple Literature’s lesson for writers of articles. This lesson is a free online lesson. The answer key is a paid product. 

This product includes the answer key for the free fiction lesson below. This includes:

  • Article Writing: What Is an Article?

FREE LESSONS

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  • Introduction discussion
  • Lecture: reading and audio
  • Conversation discussions
  • Exercises
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What Is a Nut Graph?

  • Coming Soon!

How to Use These Lessons

We suggest that you use these lessons in one of the following ways:

Options

  • Option 1: Get together with a group of writers or at least one writing friend. Read and/or listen to the lesson and do the exercises together. Discuss the lesson's questions and go over your answers. When you work with other writers, you often don't need an answer key or feedback.
  • Option 2: Whether going through this course alone or with other writers, you may want an answer key to double check what you've done. If that's the case, you may purchase an answer key that goes with these lessons. (See the products above that can be purchased.)
  • Option 3: Occasionally, we offer mini-classes using these lessons. If you're interested in being notified of future mini-classes, email us to let us know. Our address is simpleliterature twice with an @ between them and a .com at the end. Our mini-classes offer feedback on lesson assignments and often cost $125. (Scholarships are available.)

More on Mini-Classes

Our mini-classes are often four to six weeks long. They are taught by professional editors or writers, and use the free lessons above. The difference is that 1:1 feedback and group discussions are had. Here is what others have said about classes by some of our instructors.

"I really appreciated the constructive comments and advice throughout the course. I honestly learned a ton—much more real world advice than I expected and more than I have ever had in a class. That is so valuable and needed."
Alison
former student
"I appreciated the instructor's comments on my exercises. I really needed her words of encouragement. At the time, I was recovering from a virus, sick kids, and a lot of self doubt. Her words were just the boost I needed."
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Diane
former student

If you’re interested in being notified of future mini-classes, email us to let us know. Our address is simpleliterature twice with an @ between them and a .com at the end. We will let you know if we receive your email. Our mini-classes offer feedback on lesson assignments and often cost $125. (Scholarships are available. Just ask about them.)