Becoming A Writer
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Becoming A Writer

Writing Warm-Up Exercises - Learn The Basics Of Great Non-Fiction Writing In Three Minutes A Day
4.5 (427 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
14,732 students enrolled
Created by Cathy Presland
Last updated 3/2015
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $50 Discount: 80% off
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • to build confidence and technique into your writing
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Requirements
  • three minutes a day to practice...
Description

So you're writing... and that makes you a writer!

And just like every athlete needs great warm-up exercises; so every writer needs great writing exercises.

This course is designed to get you started as a writer. To practice writing your words onto paper or onto your computer so that you can build confidence to write and publish your work.

What Makes "Good" Writing?

In this online writing course you’ll learn how to write the four clear principles of good non-fiction writing. The four "C's" I call them. And all the exercises are carefully designed to fit within that structure. Every time you do one, you are building technique in one of those four principles.

It's just like flexing a muscle at the gym - getting fitter helps you play your chosen sport better.

Practice Makes Perfect?

When people tell you that you need to practice whatever level of writer you are. But it can be hard to know what that means. This course gives you twelve exercises to choose from to get the practice you need, to find your own style when you're first starting to write, and to get into the groove quickly the more you master your craft. It helps you build the confidence to put your writing into the world and to press "publish", whatever that means for you. Go through the exercises one by one, day by day, or just pick any single one as you feel like it to just get started or to get unstuck.

Who's This For?

This online writing course is designed for authors and bloggers at any level, from this course you will learn how to write from good to great in just three minutes a day!

If you're taking any of my other courses, then these are perfect exercises to get you into the writing groove in the first week of that course while you're planning out your book.

This online writing course to help you become a better non-fiction writer is also a perfect fit for anyone creating video, audio or any kind of written information product - the same principles apply and these exercises will help you learn how to write engaging content whatever format you are using.

Who is the target audience?
  • writers
  • authors
  • bloggers
  • information product creators
  • anyone who wants to improve their writing or build more confidence to publish their information products!
Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
01:20:49
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The Four Principles Of Great Non-Fiction Writing
2 Lectures 13:47
The Four Principles Of Great Non-Fiction Writing
13:47

Downloadable handbook to accompany this course. This is NOT a video lecture - it's a pdf document you can save to your computer or print out as a handy reference guide. It goes into more detail than the video lectures on the exercises (and gives examples as well). Enjoy!

Some students have shared that they would like access to this on their ipad or iphone app and I wanted to let you know that there is a button under the lecture that says "save for offline". Just click and the lecture downloads for you to read whether you are online or out of reach of 3G or wifi. Very cool!
Course Handbook (pdf)
31 pages
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The Twelve Writing Exercises
14 Lectures 28:06


Exercise 1: Lists
01:27

Exercise 2: What's Your Why?
01:39

Exercise 3: Random Connections
01:42

Exercise 4: The Good In People
02:28

Exercise 5: Processes (Writing To Teach)
02:23

Execise 6: Principles (Writing To Teach)
02:26

Exercise 7: Telling Stories
03:50

Exercise 8: A Single Sense
02:06

Exercise 9: Giving Advice (Writing To Teach)
01:34

Exercise 10: Opposite Perspectives
02:10


Exercise 12: Love Your Writing
02:14
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Final Words
1 Lecture 02:08
About the Instructor
Cathy Presland
4.5 Average rating
820 Reviews
23,072 Students
6 Courses
Transformational Leadership Coach | Strategist

Cathy Presland, a former economist, has over two decades of experience across government, international organisations, corporate, business, and non-profits. Best-selling author, and highly-regarded trainer, Cathy is widely published, has over 20,000 students in her online training courses, teaches for The Guardian Masterclasses series, and is an engaging and popular speaker.

In her former career as an economist Cathy advised governments and organisations around the world. She set up a micro-credit fund for women, negotiated European regulations, managed multi-billion pound economic programmes, and designed and led global anti-poverty initiatives.

Cathy's ambition is simply to inspire you to be your best self and to do more of the work that makes a difference in the world. 

Professionally, Cathy works as an executive coach to leaders, social entrepreneurs and those wishing to make a bigger difference with theirwork. "I help people get back in touch with who they are through the power of understanding how the mind works. When we free our mind, we are free to create anything we want. It's the most powerful thing in the world," she says. Although her clients come from across all sectors, their common connection is that they are interested in creating something bigger than themselves -- whether that's tackling glocal challenges or creating jobs for women in India. 

Cathy's Udemy courses are mainly focused on supporting writers and people who want to share their expertise, experience and passions. "It's exciting to help someone shape their ideas into something tangible. Writing, especially, stretches us as a person, we grow and change in ways we didn't imagine. You change, and you can change the world. It's really simple." 

In her spare time she loves to be outdoors and one of her recent trips was to the Annapurna base camp in beautiful Nepal.