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.
4.3 (266 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.
13,732 students enrolled
Created by K.C. Finn
Last updated 8/2014
Price: Free
  • 29 mins on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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
View Curriculum
  • 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

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 is the target audience?
  • 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
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Curriculum For This Course
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

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
The Main Session
3 Lectures 15:48

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

The Importance Of Characters

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

The Relationship Between Events And Plot

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

Bringing It All Together With A Setting

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
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
About the Instructor
K.C. Finn
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K.C. Finn has a variety of academic qualifications, beginning with a First-Class BA (hons) Degree in English Language, Literature and Writing from Lancaster University. She holds a CELTA English teaching qualification from Cambridge ESOL as well as two DELTA teaching modules. She is also a fully qualified teacher of Creative Writing (PGCE 2014) and currently possesses a Post-Graduate Diploma level qualification in Education and Applied Linguistics (which will be completed at Master’s Degree level in 2015).

Teaching and Consultancy Experience:

K.C. Finn has been a professional private tutor for a total of six years, specialising in English Language and Literature. She has also had 2 years of concentrated teaching specialism in the Creative Writing area, a job which includes tasks such as literary critique, editorial work, appraisal and consulting on marketing and publishing advice.

Writing Accolades:
K.C. Finn began obtaining national praise for her work at the age of fourteen, when she was awarded a Welsh National Prize for a short story. She was a published poet in more than ten adult anthology volumes before leaving high school, after which she moved into script-writing for a local youth theatre group. This resulted in her monologue work ‘The Legend Of The Boggart Bell’ being used in the National Lottery Independent Film ‘Elks, Elves and Others’, in which she also acted and received other contributory writing credits.

In her most recent incarnation as a novelist, K.C. Finn has been awarded several five-star accolades from the Readers’ Favorite corporation in the United States and recently reached the ranks of Quarter Finalist in the worldwide Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest for 2014 with her popular urban fantasy work ‘The Book Of Shade’.

Publishing Success:

K.C. Finn writes novellas, novels, poetry, script and non-fiction. She is currently published by Clean Teen Publishing for her much-loved young adult series Synsk. 2014 will see K.C. Finn’s work expand to publishers such as Little Bird, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly and Fey Publishing, with further expansions in the works for 2015. She has also been published in several digital and print magazines for both her poetry and short stories, including The Weekend, WriteMag and Dirty Chai Literary Magazine.