The creative writing course - write a newsletter or a book.
- 28 mins on-demand video
- 5 articles
- 2 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- Understand the key elements of creative writing
- Feel confident about starting a text
- This short course has been designed to give you an effective starting point with your creative writing.
- The course is fast moving, colourful and deliberately designed to encourage you to appreciate how to become an effective creative writer.
- I’ve used lots pictures - after all they paint a 1000 words - we just need to get those words out on paper!
Creative writing can be challenging and, like any other skill, it’s useful to gain an overview of the main topics.
How to improve your written English for fun, profit and enjoyment
- creative writing by using templates, simple sentences and effectively structuring your work.
- write with more confidence and precision - using words to get your message across simply and clearly
This short course has been designed to give you an effective starting point with your creative writing. The course is fast moving, colourful and deliberately designed to encourage you to appreciate how to become an effective creative writer. I’ve used lots pictures - after all they paint a 1000 words - we just need to get those words out on paper!
You might be someone who enjoys the challenge of creative writing … perhaps you’d like to start a blog, contribute to a newsletter, write a book or … just write because you want to. Whatever your motivation, this course is an ideal opportunity to get some of the fundamental principles of creative writing - each lecture is complete, there’s plenty of practice and I’ll always feedback if you post a discussion.
There are many benefits to being a creative writer. A precise message is an excellent asset, particularly when there is so many internet, work and family distractions for the reader. Although it could be argued that communication has evolved and that using 'creative writing’ is no longer required in our fast moving 24 x 7, instant access lifestyles.
But I’d argue the complete opposite. Reading a well written creative writing piece can be an excellent escape and allow your mind to wander to a whole new world. From ‘The Hobbit’ to ‘Black Beauty,’ creative writers have opened doors and allowed us to be involved in soaring adventures.
Contents and overview
This course contains over 18 lectures and one hour of content.
However, much more than that, it’s a community of like minded individuals. As we develop and encourage each other you’ll get invaluable, and specific, feedback from your fellow students.
By the end of this course you’ll have valuable skills that will help you quickly focus on the main components of creative writing. You’ll hear what others think of your work and I’ll always try to respond - perhaps a comment, maybe a new lecture.
What are the requirements?
An open mind, willingness to learn, plenty of practice!
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 18 lectures and an hour of content
- … but that’s evolving
- You’ll enjoy a boost in creativity
- You’ll know where to start
- You’ll think about writing in a new way
- You’ll be an important part of a like minded community
Who are the target audience?
- Bloggers, article writers, school students, aspiring authors and hobbyists!
- This course is for people who like to write creatively.
- You might like to start a blog, contribute to a newsletter, write a novel … or just enjoy writing.
Welcome to the first lecture! This is an introduction to the four main areas we’re going to be working through:
- Just start
- Write one sentence, write three more
- Write simply
- Use an effective structure
There’s plenty of exercises and please do post your work to the discussion boards - I’ll definitely be pleased to read.
This lecture is all about ‘just starting’ and I use a number of examples to encourage you to listen to speech in a slightly different way. Rather than acknowledging what the other person says, try to imagine your version. It’s a little like repeating a conversation… but then adding description. The example of the question ‘How you doin’ everything OK?’ shows how to expand by writing about the character and room. ’
In the next lecture we'll be looking at pre-made openers and I'll look forward to seeing you then.
This .pdf is the outline of the beginning of a scary story.’ It could be developed by applying some of the ideas from lectures 1 & 2 - there’s excellent scope to add character, location description and more dialogue. One of the thoughts about this course is that I don’t want to put my words in your mind. It needs to be your creative writing ... this story development is your opportunity!
‘Just starting’ can be a little difficult, so, in this video we talk through some ‘pre-made openers.’ The idea is that you develop a bank of scenes that can be updated and altered to suit your story. The lecture uses examples of a man swaying, a small boy and a possible inflammatory statement.
In the next video we'll be looking at writing one sentence.. and then writing three more. I'll look forward to seeing you soon.
This is perhaps the most useful lecture as it will help you to stop and see the text in the mind of the reader. With some (younger) students there is a tendency to ‘run on’ - get the story finished.
This lecture will encourage you to ‘paws’ (you need to watch the video to appreciate the joke!). I’ve given a number of examples of how descriptive writing can be added, without moving the story on too quickly
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Leonardo da Vinci
Writing simply is perhaps the most powerful form of writing. In this lecture we explore how to have clarity and precision in your texts. A politician, news reader, journalist and subject specialist all have simplicity at the very heart of their message - we’ll talk through some of the key points.
Writing simply is certainly important, particularly when there are so many distractions and it’s easy for the reader to click on the next link story
Talking about organising your thoughts. In the next lecture we'll be working through sequencing your work.
In this lecture we talk through a creative device that will make your writing much more … creative. The use of flashbacks is a great way to add detail to a story, that would be difficult to add in the ‘here and now.’ Widely used in many Hollywood films, a good backstory adds interest and allows the reader to become much more immersed in the character. The motivation and reasons can be explained to create understanding and sympathy with the characters present situation.