Inspirations for creative writing
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Inspirations for creative writing

Practical activities and ideas for poets and other writers
4.2 (5 ratings)
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Created by Gwyneth Box
Last updated 3/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 18 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Students will have a selection of activities they can fall back on when the Muse fails or when they want to try something different with their writing.
  • Students will have a number of resources they will be able to use to inspire their own writing, or with others in writing groups or workshops.
  • No previous academic study or qualifications are required.
  • Students should have a knowledge of, and interest in, poetry or creative writing, as the course will provide prompts to be followed and example texts, but will not explain the actual writing process.
  • Students should have at least an intermediate level of English, although, once understood, the activities can be applied in any language.

Some writers always have things to write about: they never seem to run out of ideas. Others struggle to start new work, sitting around waiting for inspiration to come. But experience shows that the Muse likes to find us working, so it's good to have a range of activities you can use when you're not sure what to write next.

Each class in this course provides a different prompt or activity to get the creative process started. How you use these resources will depend on your particular interests and aims as a writer. 

Many of the classes are accompanied by examples of writing that has resulted from the activity described. Most of these are taken from my own work and, as my own main interest is in poetry, the examples are mostly poems; even so, the course should be of interest to any creative writer who’s looking for inspirational activities. 

Who this course is for:
  • Poets and other creative writers who are looking for ideas and activities to help them write new work.
  • Creative writing tutors who want to widen their arsenal of activities.
  • Creative writers who want to kickstart the writing process and overcome writer's block.
Course content
Expand all 19 lectures 01:36:30
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:55

Some writers never seem to run out of ideas: they always have things to write about. Others struggle sometimes to start new work and sitting around waiting for inspiration to come or for the Muse to visit.  This course provides different prompts, activities and ideas to overcome writer's block and get the creative process started. 

Preview 01:55
+ Working with prepared prompts
3 lectures 19:10

Physical objects can be a great place to start when you're stuck for a writing idea.

Preview 07:16

Sometimes all that's needed to get you started is a really good first line.

Poetry prompts

Old postcards and photographs, pictures from magazines or books… the supply is limitless, the possibilities unending.

Picture prompts
+ Working with other prompts
2 lectures 10:33

The dictionary, the thesaurus, other books… there are lots of places to find the words to trigger inspiration.

Words, words, words

There are all sorts of objects and ideas around you that you can use as prompts.

“A little bit of this”
+ Some more activities at your desk
2 lectures 13:17

Listen and remember - and don't forget that good writing goes beyond visual images to include the other senses.

“The house where I was born”

Love, darkness, heart, moon, June… some words are so over-used that they almost become clichés in their own right. Should we ban them or can you write a piece that uses them well? 

Forbidden Words
+ Out and about
3 lectures 15:08

Art has always been an inspiration for writing.


Getting out and about changes the visuals - and other sense experience - and provides new things to write about.

Preview 03:25

It's not just the places you go and the things that you see that can be inspirational!

+ The same but different
4 lectures 22:09

Taking the same piece of writing and approaching it differently can make a huge difference to the result.

Form and structure

Wherever you are and whatever you're writing about, there's more than one way of looking at things.

Points of view

Ever read a text that you feel the need to respond to? Now's your chance!

Answering back

Think you can't translate because you only know one language? That doesn't mean you can't find inspiration in foreign language writing.

Translation / transcreation
+ Working with others
3 lectures 10:00

Got an idea for a piece of writing? Two heads are better than one, so why not find a writer partner to work with?

Paired poetry

Every writer has one of those projects  in their files - the piece that just won't do what you want it to. If you can't make it work, why not see what others make of it?

Fixer uppers

Not only are the results of a chain of writing interesting, but they may also provide surprising insights into the earlier links in the chain.

+ Conclusion
1 lecture 04:18

Now you've got some more activities to inspire you, what are you going to do with them?

Looking ahead