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Story Sorcery

The Quest to Write Stronger Fantasy


Whether you’re planning to write epic high fantasy, action-packed tales of urban witchcraft, or a crushing grimdark saga, Story Sorcery and The Quest to Write Stronger Fantasy  contains content and exercises that will push your imagination to its limits.

As part of this course, you will be expected to read and provide feedback on the writing of your fellow students. Just like a virtual writing group, we all work together to develop ideas, explore themes, and elevate skills. Interaction is key and you should understand that engaging with the course, through assignments and discussion, is a necessary part of the process.

If you’ve got what it takes to join the next band of adventurers, read on to discover what’s in store.

Welcome to Story Sorcery

A WRITING COURSE TO bewitch your senses

Throughout six separate chapters, plus a diverse selection of exercises and references, Story Sorcery and the Quest to Write Stronger Fantasy will take you through the tried and true principles behind any successful fantasy story.

From foundational practices to specific, scene-based methods, you’ll learn how to conjure fantastic story ideas and lay down the narrative building blocks of compelling tales and stunningly inventive worlds.

Featuring stimulating quotes from genre luminaries, handy example text, and real-world illustrations from celebrated authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss and Robert Jordan, Story Sorcery will help you keep your eager readers turning the pages all the way to the end.

Hosted by writing tutor Daniel Kaplan, this 4-week interactive course includes weekly live streams packed with additional topics and class interaction. Ask questions, get answers, and work your way through the most frustrating storytelling blocks with the help of your tutor and classmates.

You can even receive feedback on your writing from your peers should you wish to share it.

Chapter 1: Potent World-building

(Live Class on Monday, October 4th at 7pm EST)


Potent World Building

In this foundation-setting introductory module, we’ll walk you through:

  • Understanding how to transform inspiration from the real world, plus your imagination, into a compelling hook for your tale.
  • Mastering techniques for creating a believable world… without taking two decades to research and plan!
  • Transporting and immersing your audience: the key to successful fantasy.

Chapter 2: Brewing the Perfect Story

Brewing the Perfect Story

Many writers like to begin with a hook and then free-write, which can often end up in a tangled mess of words and plot points.

Just as a potion master wouldn’t experiment with a concoction unless they knew the function of every ingredient, a great writer understands the underpinnings of story formula and when, where, and if to deviate from established methods.

Here, you’ll get a thorough understanding of:

  • Story structures and when they can help or potentially hurt you as an author.
  • Why you should engage your internal architect if you want to make your story more believable… and infinitely easier to write. 
  • How to handle the ticking clock and other tension-ratcheting techniques that keep readers glued to the page. 
  • How to foreshadow and set up payoffs for a satisfying conclusion.

    Chapter 3: A Curious Cast of Characters

    (Live Class on Monday, October 11th at 7pm EST) 

    Nightmare Fuel Module - Humans and Monsters

    Fantasy allows for a seemingly endless array of characters. From humans to monsters, centaurs to talking trees. In this module, we’ll discuss how characters drive a story forward and how to use them most effectively.

    Prepare to uncover:

    • How to quickly and easily generate wildly different characters, complete with realistic backstory.
    • The key elements of believable characters your readers will truly get behind – and root for them to succeed. 
    • Why misunderstanding of handling the “stakes” is one of the biggest failures you can suffer in genre storytelling, and exactly what you should do not just to get it right, but to use them as a tool to propel the reader through the story. 
    • How to bring to life a villain your readers will love to loathe – probably the best effort-to-payoff ratio of any preparatory work you can do. 
    • How to ensure characters earn their right to be on the page, and remain easily distinct from one another.
    • How to borrow from reality to create unique species and cultures straight out of your own imagination.

    Backed up with pre-made custom worksheets, this module will turn all of your character- and creature-building duties into a straightforward, resistance-free process.

    Chapter 4: Enchanting Your Readers with Style

    (Live Class on Monday, October 18th at 7pm EST)

    Enchanted Your Reader With Your Writing

    No fantasy story is complete without a defined style – and while style can be a personal tool, specific to any given author, there are key concerns you should be aware of.

    In this module, you’ll discover:

    • How different Points of View affect your storytelling, and which kinds are best for an engaging adventure. 
    • Why being obsessed with the minutiae of your fantasy world might actually be your undoing. 
    • How to translate the way we naturally interpret the world onto the page, so readers feel like they’re truly inside your imaginary domain – part of a living world they’ve never seen before. 
    • The correct way to build mood and atmosphere – and the lazy mistakes most aspiring authors make that leaves their work drenched in cliché. 
    • What it means to “show don’t tell,” and how that advice can be good… and bad.

    Chapter 5: Magical Moments and Scenes

    Magical Moments and Scenes

    In this module we take things closer… and decode the building blocks for mesmerizing scenes. 

    Understand different types of scene, and how each should be approached. Is this a build-up, where the audience is learning about the world? Is this an action scene, where the hero has found themselves fighting against an adversary? We’ll go through the different types of scenes and how to pace and construct them. 

    Here’s a brief hint of something you’ll need to think about: 

    Does your mind start racing when you read what you’ve invented?

    Chapter 6: All About Magic & Other Tricks

    (Live Class on Monday, October 25th at 7pm EST)

    All About Magic and Other Tricks

    A lot of fantasy involves magic, but without a clear system in place magic can appear to only serve as an author convenience, not as a part of the world.

    Learn techniques to keep your magic within a plausible reality and how not to miss out on opportunities to take advantage of everything you establish.

    We’ll also round off this last module with a series of tricks that will add that final knockout punch to your prose – completing your transformation from a writer who struggled to get readers to turn a page, into a master of many realms.

    Soon you’ll wield the magic of Story Sorcery.

    To get you started with your new skills, we’ve even included an expanded set of 50 exclusive writing prompts – so you can whip up a storm right away.

    Bonus: Scenes Explored

    Nightmare Fuel - Scene Autopsies

    In addition to the examples contained within the chapters, you’ll further contextualize core teachings of the Story Sorcery course as we guide you through exploration of selected scenes from works including:

    • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
    • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
    • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

    Develop stronger insight into the storytelling techniques and psychological triggers at play within works from some of the most effective fantasy authors in the business – so you know exactly how and when to use them yourself.

    The AutoCrit Member Community 

    Activities, guests, and hours of additional content

    Laptop screenshot of the Nightmare Fuel community with guest Lee Murray on replay

    Alongside the Story Sorcery course content and live classes, you’ll also receive access to our members-only community forums throughout the course period.

    Chat about all things writing, share your work, engage in creative activities with like-minded authors, and more.

    Plus, join us for exclusive live events with additional guests from within the publishing industry. Get involved, ask your questions, and share some quality time with the professionals at no extra cost.

    Past guests in our live events include:

    • Lee Murray
    • Jo Kaplan
    • David Haynes
    • John L. Probert
    • Thana Niveau
    • Gary McMahon
    • Rayne Hall

    If you miss an event, don’t worry – recordings are posted for community members, offering hour after hour of expertise for you to dig into right away.


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    –Larry J. Dunlap


    Your Quest Begins Now!


    The 4-week interactive writing course, including weekly live streams and module assignments.

    Course materials presented in written, audio, and video formats. No matter how you prefer to learn, we’ve got you covered. You can even save all materials to enjoy at a later time once the course has finished.

    Easy-to-follow worksheets – including the Character Creator, Species Creator, Dynamic Scene Planner, Scientific Investigation Questionnaire, and more…

    42 fantastic writing prompts to fire up your imagination.

    Specially selected Scenes Explored bonus, featuring breakdowns from famous works of fantasy.

    Full access to AutoCrit Pro, the complete writing and editing platform to help you perfect your new visionary tales, throughout the course period.

    Full access to AutoCrit’s exclusive Member Community network, where you can enjoy connecting with fellow authors and attending member-exclusive live events throughout the course period.

    Attending an in-person course that provides the same wealth of instruction and activities you can find as part of every Story Sorcery class could cost you upwards of $397 depending on where you go – but we’re asking nowhere near that kind of investment today.

    Better yet, you won’t even find yourself stuck in a stuffy conference room with a lack of refreshments while you study.

    Nor will you be forced to watch the clock as your tutor umms and ahhs their way through course topics. Story Sorcery is designed to accelerate your progress with ruthless efficiency.

    Yet with the inclusion of your own private community restricted to course members, the personal interaction of attending a physical event will be readily available whenever you need it.

    Should you run into any problems, we bet you’ll even find our customer support to be no less than magical.

    All you have to do is step inside…

    Explore the universe of your imagination…

    And become the literary magician you were always destined to be.

    Click the Register Now button to join us for the next scheduled course.

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     Story Sorcery: The Quest to Write Stronger Fantasy is our biggest standalone genre course so far. We think it’s magical!

    But if you don’t believe that anything you’ve encountered throughout the course has helped make you a better fantasy author, we’re not going to turn you into a frog. Your purchase is an investment in your skills as a writer – so it’s only fair you expect an improvement in your abilities.

    If you feel that hasn’t happened, just let us know within 60 days of purchase and we’ll be happy to offer you a full refund. It’s as simple as that.