Introduction to Creative Writing: Getting Started
- 1 hour on-demand video
- 5 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- 6 Writing Exercises & 1 PIT-Stop Writing Exercise
- By the end of the course, students and writers will know how to kick-start their writing life and they will have at least one idea for a new story, poem, or play.
- A passion for writing
Welcome to the Introduction to Creative Writing Series. This is the very first course, Getting Started. If you’re new to Creative Writing or want to write stories but are unsure of where to start, then this is the course for you. Even if you are a regular writer with some core background knowledge, you may gain new insights about yourself as a writer, and you’ll definitely feel inspired by the writing exercises.
In this course, you will learn about:
- The Reasons Writers have for Not Writing
- The Writing Process: Prewriting & Drafting
- Tools for the Writing Process
- Elements of Creative Writing: Character, Plot, Point of View, and Setting
This course is accompanied by a downloadable Getting Started Journal where you will be able to complete writing exercises to stimulate your creativity.
Additionally, every student will have access to the Love Notes & Help Notes Workshop where you will have the chance to anonymously submit writing for an in-depth review.
- Aspiring writers who want to start writing
- Writers out of practice who need some refresher tools to start writing again
- Experienced writers looking for new inspiration
A welcome to the course along with some advice from Stephen King and three things I feel every aspiring writer should do to start and improve on their writing life.
What does the term Creative Writing mean and what does it mean to be a creative writer? This lecture explores those concepts.
Prewriting is the time when a writer plays with ideas and gathers information to prepare for the actual drafting. In this planning phase you brainstorm and research ideas. Brainstorming can be simply thinking about what you want to write. Researching often involves reading or talking about a topic. At a minimum, prewriting means coming up with an idea!
Free-writing is a technique where you write nonstop, capturing as many ideas as possible. It may resolve itself as single words, phrases, full sentences, even paragraphs, and it may not make any sense to the casual reader. Ideas come with great speed and momentum often triggering other ideas along the way, and ideas are the goal of the first draft.
Characters are the real or imaginary people you write about in your fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama. Characters can make or break a story even if you have a good plot. Characters are essential to drawing in the reader because people relate to other people, even if they’re imaginary.
Setting is where your story takes place. It is significant as the physical details often have metaphorical value. That is, the setting is associated with values, ideals, attitudes, and beliefs. As setting is the place and time where the story happens, it often reflects upon the characters and reveals their emotional or psychological state.