Creative Writing Sample Lesson
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Creative Writing Sample Lesson

Video lectures and plenty of activities about setting, character and plot with best-selling novelist K.C. Finn.
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20,412 students enrolled
Created by K.C. Finn
Last updated 8/2014
English
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Price: Free
This course includes
  • 29 mins on-demand video
  • 19 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What you'll learn
  • Produce an exciting piece of writing based on lots of details and development
  • Learn about the importance of character development

  • Learn about breaking down plot into easy-to-handle segments

  • Learn how using a setting can bring all your story elements together
Requirements
  • A creative mind that's ready to produce lots of imaginative ideas
  • 2-3 hours of free time to write
  • A laptop, desktop computer or tablet on which to review course content
  • A printer to print out worksheets, or suitable on-screen editing software to edit worksheets digitally
  • Broadband connection of adequate speed to stream video lecture content
Description

This sample writing lesson comes from best-selling novelist and short story writer K.C. Finn. Here K.C. shows you a brand new method for looking at Setting, Plot and Character which involves many short, simple activities that can make a huge difference to your writing.

Whether you're brand new to writing or just looking for a fresh perspective on story development, try this free sample session and enjoy creating a piece of writing that's rich, detailed and will really come to life in readers' hands.

This course will take you approximately three hours to complete and includes video lectures, downloadable content and external links to even more useful content. The course contains a preparation section, the main creative session involving many small, fun activities, an assignment section which focuses on a larger writing project and a final evaluation section to assess your progress.

Who this course is for:
  • Those interested in exploring a new method for writing
  • Those interested in sharpening their writing skills
  • Those interested in starting to write for the first time
  • Those looking for new story or style inspiration
Course content
Expand all 9 lectures 37:00
+ Preparation
3 lectures 09:41

Prepare for your creative session with these brief exercises and discussions. Have a pen and paper ready.

Let's Think About Maps
06:41

Optional Extra: Listen to a fantastic fictional audio podcast and consider the implications of location within it.

Background Listening
1 page

A short video checklist to prepare you for Section 2's Writing Tasks.

What You Will Need For The Main Session
03:00
+ The Main Session
3 lectures 15:48

Activities to develop in-depth characters for your writing project.

The Importance Of Characters
05:11

Activities to break down the element of plot and construct events for your project.

The Relationship Between Events And Plot
06:22

Activities to combine plot, character and setting to create an authentic story world.

Bringing It All Together With A Setting
04:15

A little pop quiz to recap the points of the main session.

Main Session Recap Quiz
8 questions
+ Let's Get Writing
2 lectures 03:31

If you haven't already got an idea of what you want to write, this lecture will give you some insight into the different styles of project that you could choose, plus some useful external links to explore those styles further.

What Should I Write About?
3 pages

The main writing assignment brief, plus advice on how to use your map and notes to get writing.

Using What You've Got To Get Started
03:31
+ Evaluation
1 lecture 00:00

Optional: Evaluate your progress on the course by completing a questionnaire. The downloadable material for this section contains an editable Word Document version of the questionnaire or a PDF version that you can print and complete by hand.

Self-Evaluation Questionnaire
4 pages