Welcome to Fanfic 101!

We love fanfic. Vignettes, epics, Mary Sues, missing scenes, AUs...as long as it's interesting and done with love, we'll read just about anything.

But there are some things that we can't help but notice over and over (and over) again. Flaws in good stories that make them harder to read. And it's frustrating to start a story that might be our new favorite--and stop halfway through because we just can't read one more paragraph with bad spelling. Or whatever.

Your professor is Jen F. For Jen's credentials as the head of the department go here.

At Fanfic 101, we are commmitted to improving the quality of fanfic one fandom & one story at a time. To that end you'll find general rants about writing problems, as well as suggestions on how to fix them. Stay tuned for new "lectures"--and if you have a pet peeve you'd like us to talk about or a story you want workshopped, let us know!

And spread the word!

WRITERS RESOURCES - a couple of lists; one is a list of online resources, and the ones I use the most when researching my articles; the other a list of must have books for any serious writer

New Lectures

added April 9, 2010

Fan Fiction ~ My Road to Publication

Presented by: Professor Jen

added March 16, 2010

Trying to Crack the Comma Conundrum

Written by Calanthe on her LiveJournal

This article actually has an NC-17 rating. Calanthe uses explicit examples.
Ye be warned!

Regular Course Offerings

Show 'N Tell

Presented by: Professor Jen

Potpourri

Presented by: Professor Jen

Beta Reading & You, Part I

Presented by: Professor Jen

Beta Reading & You, Part II

Presented by: Professor Jen

To Be or Not To Be Passive...That is the Question

Presented by: Professor Jen

One, Two, Three...Writing Numbers in Fiction - A Primer

Presented by: Professor Jen

Who is that Masked Man?

Presented by: Professor Jen

Styling Your Fic (Companion article to Putting Your Best Fic Forward)

Presented by: Professor Jen

A Writer's Fourteen Best Friends

Presented by: Professor Jen

Putting Your Best Fic Forward

Presented by: Professor Jen

Point of View

Presented by: Professor Jen

Capitalization

Presented by: Professor Jen

Author's Notes OR How to Make Sure I Never Read Your Story

Presented by: Associate Professor Celli

An Editor by a Different Name Still Uses Red Pen: Beta Reading and You

Presented by: Associate Professor Jayne

Whose Story Is It Anyway?: Challenges, Fanon, and Injokes

Presented by: Associate Professor Celli

"He said what?!": Mastering the Art of Dialogue

Presented by: Associate Professor Jen

woman without her man is nothing or how should I punctuate

Presented by: Guest Lecturer Robin

I Love Writing

Presented by: Guest Lecturer Robin

Homework is Half Your Grade

Presented by: Guest Lecturer Jen F.

Truly Picky British-to-American and American-to-British Giveaways: How to Sound Like You Went to Oxford (or UCLA)

Presented by: Guest Lecturer Chris

Alternatives: Why What Didn't Happen Is So Much Fun

Presented by: Guest Lecturer Lizbet

A Deeper Kind of Shallow: Theme, Symbolism, and Resonance in Fanfic

Presented by: Associate Professor Jen

Was Your Brain With You all day? Making POV Work for You

Presented by: Associate Professor Jen

Music, Fanfic, and the Combination Thereof

Presented by: Associate Professor Celli

Don't Let Us Catch You Doing This

The first ever Fanfic 101 challenge.

Grammar is Not the Woman Who Gave Birth to Your Mother

Presented by: Associate Professor Jen

Mary Sues and Other Confessions

Presented by: Associate Professor Celli