Department of Writing

Department Info

The courses in this department will introduce you to all aspects of writing within the Dark Brotherhood.

Professor: General Zentru'la

Introduction to Fiction Writing

Writing is one of the primary activities in the Dark Jedi Brotherhood. In this course, you may learn about various aspects of writing which will help you gain certain theoretical foundation for further exercises.

Written by Zentru'la on 21 November 2022

real world and fiction

Story Structure

Story Structure shows the student the fundamentals of using the story's inherent structure—its plot and scenes—to strengthen the story and engage the reader.

Course written by Seraine "Erinyes" Taldrya Ténama on 4 April 2020.

Descriptive Writing

Descriptive Writing gives the student an overview of techniques they can use to add depth to their fiction and create a more immersive experience for the reader.

Course written by Seraine "Erinyes" Taldrya Ténama on 10 January 2021.


Fiction Studies

Fiction competitions allow members to write a story involving their character based on a prompt provided by the competition organizer. Members’ submissions are then judged against each other to determine the competition’s winners. By the end of this course you will know how to organize and run a fiction competition, and also how to successfully submit to a competition of this kind.

This course is DEPRECATED and will be removed or replaced in the near future.

fiction and competitions

Test of Wisdom

This is a practical course which requires you to write a story in accordance with the basic rules of writing. It is designed to give you both practice and feedback on your writing, as well as to help you flesh out your character through the writing process. It is possible that you will be asked to submit several drafts as you receive feedback to help refine your story.

Note: Depending on the length of your submission, the SA staff may require more than the usual 24 hours to grade your submission because of the level of feedback provided by the grader.

Course last updated by Zentru'la on 30 November 2022

Character Development

Compelling characters make the difference between a memorable story and a forgettable one. It doesn’t matter how clever your plot is or how well-developed your world is, if the characters in that world are not interesting, the story will fall flat. In this course, we will cover the basics of character development specifically in the context of the DB. The course will be divided by types of character: starting with the protagonist, their main enemy the antagonist, and then the rest of the cast.

Course written by Zentru'la on 5 June 2023.

Combat Writing

This course is intended to serve as a guide for writing fight scenes. The intention is that the content in this course is applicable across all combat writing, whether this is in your own single-player stories, the ACC, or even writing outside of the club.

Course written by Zentru'la on 2 February 2023.

Writing Dialogue

Good stories are driven by strong, engaging characters, and dialogue is one of the most important parts of how your characters express their thoughts, feelings and ideas. As the main way in which people communicate with each other, dialogue is also critical in establishing character relationships. This course will aim to give some pointers on how to make your dialogue engaging and effective.

Course written by Zentru'la on 20 November 2023. Video edited by Zuza Lottson.