Creative Writing - Writing Tips part 1
4.1 (31 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
961 students enrolled

Creative Writing - Writing Tips part 1

30 tips highlighting key aspects of creative writing with 90+ exercises to spark your creativity.
4.1 (31 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
961 students enrolled
Created by Morgen Bailey
Last updated 10/2015
English [Auto-generated]
Current price: $12.99 Original price: $19.99 Discount: 35% off
22 hours left at this price!
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 37 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
Training 5 or more people?

Get your team access to 4,000+ top Udemy courses anytime, anywhere.

Try Udemy for Business
What you'll learn
  • Confidently apply the tips to their writing.
  • Have created up to ninety (90) new pieces of work.
  • Understand varying techniques of the craft of writing and the industry.
  • Distinguish varying types and genres of fiction writing.
  • Gain confidence in sharing their work with others.
  • Not be daunted by larger projects.
  • • There is no prior knowledge or preparation required in order to start this course. Pen and paper or a blank document is sufficient.

These thirty-two lectures highlight key aspects of creative writing, and include thirty tips, each one accompanied by three related exercises to spark your creativity.

The course is taught via video slides with clear audio narration from a native English speaker who is not only a writer but also a freelance editor, blogger, and creative writing tutor for a variety of clients. Terminology is simple, ideal for those for whom English is a second language.

Depending upon the student's timeframe, the course, without pausing, lasts just under an hour and a half. If completing one tip with its exercises per day, the course could last a month, or at one exercise per day, this course contains three months' worth of content.

No specific materials are required other than pen / pencil and paper or blank document. All slides and mentioned handouts are provided as downloadable documents.

If you have no prior creative writing knowledge, this course will provide a strong foundation on which to build a body of work. If you already have some knowledge, it will refresh those skills and improve your confidence going forward.

An accompanying 'part 2' course provides 30 tips and 90+ exercises concentrating on the craft of writing and will enhance the skills learned from 'part 1'.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is suitable for any writers regardless of their current level of knowledge.
Course content
Expand all 34 lectures 01:22:30
+ Introduction
1 lecture 04:09

An introduction to the course with encouragement for new writers.

Preview 04:09
+ Writing Tips 1-10
10 lectures 26:16
Providing confidence (and exercises) to not be daunted by larger projects.
Preview 03:24

An overview of characters with exercises to create good and bad characters.

Preview 02:18

Explaining how copyright works so you know your rights. With related exercises.

Writing Tip 3: Copyright

An explanation (and exercises) highlighting some trends to avoid.

Writing Tip 4: Don't follow trends

Encouragement (with three more exercises) to relax and have fun!

Writing Tip 5: Don't worry... enjoy!

The tools required for when inspiration strikes... and three exercises in case it doesn't.

Writing Tip 6: Equipment

Suggestions for finding time to suit your lifestyle and exercises related to time.

Writing Tip 7: Finding time to write

Explanation of word counts with exercises from six words!

Writing Tip 8: Flash fiction

An overview of genres with related exercises.

Writing Tip 9: Genres

What to do when faced with a blank page... and exercises to inspire.

Preview 04:09

Word count challenge

Bit by bit
1 question
+ Writing Tips 11-20
11 lectures 24:36

Explanation of the journey of the writer... and their characters.

Writing Tip 11: Journey

How locations can vary and exercises at different locations.

Writing Tip 12: Locations

Using your experience in your writing with exercises to help you do just that.

Writing Tip 13: Non-fiction

Showing you how simple planning can be, with exercises to help you plan.

Writing Tip 14: Planning

Morgen checking in at the halfway point.

How are you getting on?

An overview of poetry with poetry-related exercises.

Writing Tip 15: Poetry

Writers should also be readers. In this lecture, there are exercises looking at other authors.

Writing Tip 16: Read other writers' writing

Reading aloud helps with the editing process and the exercises reflect on this.

Writing Tip 17: Read out loud

Regardless of writing fiction or non-fiction, research is vital and this lecture covers this area of being a writer.

Writing Tip 18: Research

This lecture looks at how social media can help author before and after the writing process.

Writing Tip 19: Social media

What to do if you want to include a song in your writing.

Writing Tip 20: Song lyrics

Syllable counting

1 question
+ Writing Tips 21-30
11 lectures 23:35

Help with writing a synopsis (and plan) for your novel or short story.

Writing Tip 21: Synopses

Tips on finding titles and exercises from title prompts.

Writing Tip 22: Titles

Explanation of 'unreliable narrator' and exercises inspired by this topic.

Writing Tip 23: Unreliable narrator

Assistance on making an ordinary situation extraordinary.

Writing Tip 24: What if?

How to escape from writer's block and prompts to write about it.

Writing Tip 25: Writer's block

Using the world around us to inspire our writing.

Writing Tip 26: Write what you know

How writers groups can assist an author and their writing followed by exercises inspired by writing groups.

Writing Tip 27: Writing groups

Encouraging authors to immerse themselves in “all things literary” then exercises inspired by writing magazines and events.

Writing Tip 28: Writing magazines and events

A checklist once the story has been written… and exercises about finished pieces.

Writing Tip 29: You’ve written the story…

An encouraging final tip and ending exercises.

Writing Tip 30: And finally…

Research exercise quiz

1 question

Morgen asks how you got on.

Did you enjoy the course?
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 04:19

More encouragement and what to do next.