Creative Writing

Course Overview

Units at a glance

In this unit, you will learn about the differences among creative writing and other forms of writing, prewriting strategies we can use in order to stimulate creativity, the characteristics of various literary forms, and how to begin reading like a writer.

In this unit, you will learn about the most important features of the story: its characters, plot, setting, and point of view. You will learn how to develop these aspects individually and how to use them together to create an engaging and expressive narrative.

In this unit you will learn how to begin interpreting poetry and how to use your interpretations to begin writing your own poems. We’ll discuss imagery, personification, simile, and metaphor in depth, and by the end of the unit, you should feel comfortable using all of these techniques.

In this unit, you’ll learn how to use sound in both prose and poetry to convey emotions and ideas, and how to interpret the sounds of both forms of writing for the poet’s intentions. You’ll also learn about the hybrid forms of writing, poetic prose and narrative poetry, as well as how to compose pieces of writing in both of these forms.

In this unit, you will learn to take the reader’s expectations into account in your writing. We’ll look at different types of writing and the different reader expectations that go along with them, and consider the question of whether or not to confound readers’ expectations. We’ll look at who writers address in their writing, who they exclude, and whether or not this is appropriate. We’ll then begin to look at how to find your own unique voice.

In this unit, you’ll learn how to examine writing for the characteristics of style, how to use the imitation of other writers in order to inform and inspire the development of your own style, how to identify your own strengths as a writer, and how to transcend imitation to develop your own unique and highly recognizable individual voice.

In this unit, you’ll learn about the various types of editing, including content editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. You’ll learn how to critically examine the work of other writers in order to learn to apply these same techniques to your own work.

In this unit, you’ll build on what you have learned about editing, taking your skills as a content editor into the workshop to help others develop their creative writing. You’ll learn all about how to conduct a workshop effectively, including how to make comments that are productive, relevant, and qualified, and finally, create a publication of your own to showcase your writing.

Course Highlights

Explore different types of creative writing.
Edit and review your work to make it shine.
Find inspiration and strategize ways to beat writer’s block.
Identify your audience and tailor your writing to your audience.

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