The Basics: A Toolkit for Writing Fiction

An overview of fundamental concepts, illustrated through simple, joyful exercises.

Your Instructor

Kate Heartfield
Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield is the author of two interactive novels for Choice of Games, The Road to Canterbury and The Magician’s Workshop, both of which were shortlisted for the Nebula award in the game writing category. Her debut novel Armed in Her Fashion won the Aurora Award for Best Novel and was shortlisted for the Locus First Novel, Crawford and Sunburst awards. Her two Alice Payne time travel novellas were shortlisted for the Nebula and Aurora awards. A former newspaper journalist, Kate lives in Ottawa, Canada. When she isn't working on her current novel in progress, she edits, writes for video games, and teaches. Her next novel, a historical fantasy called The Embroidered Book, will be published in spring 2022.

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