Creative Writing – Entering Writing Competitions
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Creative Writing – Entering Writing Competitions

Tips and exercises from an entrant and insider (judge and co-organiser).
4.5 (7 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.
591 students enrolled
Created by Morgen Bailey
Last updated 9/2015
English
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  • 37 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Confidently apply the tips to their writing and be prepared to submit bodies of work.
Have created over a dozen new pieces.
Understand how competitions work.
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Requirements
  • There is no prior knowledge or preparation required in order to start this course. Pen and paper or a blank document is sufficient.
Description

These fourteen lectures highlight key aspects of entering writing competitions, and include a variety of insider tips followed by a dozen competition-related exercises.

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 the video, lasts just over half an hour. If completing one exercise per day, however, the course could last a couple of weeks.

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.

Accompanying 'writing tips' and 'editing your fiction' courses provide tips and exercises concentrating on sparking creativity and improving writing skills, aimed at writers of any age and experience.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suitable for any writers regardless of their current level of knowledge.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction and information
10 Lectures 20:37

Introduction for a clearer understanding of the course content.

Preview 04:37

For a clearer understanding of competitions' rules.

Preview 01:58

Considering who is judging the competitions.

Preview 02:03

How to prepare for competition submission.

Preview 01:07

Looking at themes, titles and what to avoid.

Preview 02:09

Polishing your writing before you submit.

Make your writing ‘pop’
00:59

For a clearer understanding of competition from a judge's and organiser's view.

An insider’s view
03:33

An explanation as to why there are entry fees, and the benefits of writing competitions.

Money
03:05

Morgen checks in to see how you're getting on.

How are you getting on? (half-way)
00:16

Highlighting opportunities for submission.

Where to submit
00:50

Don't write to shock
1 question
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Writing Competition Exercises
5 Lectures 12:13

Exercises inspired by emotions, and 100-word Drabbles.

Exercises 1-3
05:26

We are looking at word count for this question.

Drabble
1 question

Exercises inspired by overheard conversations, the future and t-shirt slogans.

Exercises 4-6
02:27

This asks about the t-shirt logo mentioned in exercise six.

One direction
1 question

Exercises inspired by poetry, politics, magic and prior competition themes.

Exercises 7-9
01:45

Who were mentioned?

Magicians
1 question

Exercises inspired by five senses, previous competition theme and 'the end'.

Exercises 10-12
02:18

A question about the 2013 theme.

The H.E. Bates competition
1 question

Morgen asks whether you've had a good time.

Did you enjoy the course?
00:17
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 04:01

Analyse the course content and where to go next.

Conclusion
04:01
About the Instructor
Morgen Bailey
3.8 Average rating
42 Reviews
2,722 Students
7 Courses
Creative writing tutor, writer, blogger and freelance editor

Hello. I'm Morgen With An E, a writer for over ten years (although I do remember writing a story about an ampersand when young and dabbling with limericks in my 20s, and I've always had my head in a book; formerly Stephen King but my tastes have softened somewhat… to crime and humour). Apart from killing people on paper, I also blog, am a freelance editor, and tutor for Northamptonshire County Council's Adult Learning team providing evening / Saturday creative writing and I.T. classes to the general public aged 19+.