Creative Writing - Writing Tips part 1
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30 tips highlighting key aspects of creative writing with 90+ exercises to spark your creativity.
4.5 (6 ratings)
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Created by Morgen Bailey
Last updated 10/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Confidently apply the tips to their writing.
  • Have created up to ninety (90) new pieces of work.
  • Understand varying techniques of the craft of writing and the industry.
  • Distinguish varying types and genres of fiction writing.
  • Gain confidence in sharing their work with others.
  • Not be daunted by larger projects.
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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 thirty-two lectures highlight key aspects of creative writing, and include thirty tips, each one accompanied by three related exercises to spark your creativity.

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, lasts just under an hour and a half. If completing one tip with its exercises per day, the course could last a month, or at one exercise per day, this course contains three months' worth of content.

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.

An accompanying 'part 2' course provides 30 tips and 90+ exercises concentrating on the craft of writing and will enhance the skills learned from 'part 1'.

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
Expand All 34 Lectures Collapse All 34 Lectures 01:22:55
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Introduction
1 Lecture 04:09

An introduction to the course with encouragement for new writers.

Preview 04:09
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Writing Tips 1-10
10 Lectures 26:16
Providing confidence (and exercises) to not be daunted by larger projects.
Preview 03:24

An overview of characters with exercises to create good and bad characters.

Preview 02:18

Explaining how copyright works so you know your rights. With related exercises.

Writing Tip 3: Copyright
02:10

An explanation (and exercises) highlighting some trends to avoid.

Writing Tip 4: Don't follow trends
01:53

Encouragement (with three more exercises) to relax and have fun!

Writing Tip 5: Don't worry... enjoy!
01:51

The tools required for when inspiration strikes... and three exercises in case it doesn't.

Writing Tip 6: Equipment
02:24

Suggestions for finding time to suit your lifestyle and exercises related to time.

Writing Tip 7: Finding time to write
02:17

Explanation of word counts with exercises from six words!

Writing Tip 8: Flash fiction
03:18

An overview of genres with related exercises.

Writing Tip 9: Genres
02:32

What to do when faced with a blank page... and exercises to inspire.

Preview 04:09

Word count challenge

Bit by bit
1 question
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Writing Tips 11-20
11 Lectures 24:36

Explanation of the journey of the writer... and their characters.

Writing Tip 11: Journey
02:10

How locations can vary and exercises at different locations.

Writing Tip 12: Locations
02:08

Using your experience in your writing with exercises to help you do just that.

Writing Tip 13: Non-fiction
02:02

Showing you how simple planning can be, with exercises to help you plan.

Writing Tip 14: Planning
02:22

Morgen checking in at the halfway point.

How are you getting on?
00:16

An overview of poetry with poetry-related exercises.

Writing Tip 15: Poetry
03:40

Writers should also be readers. In this lecture, there are exercises looking at other authors.

Writing Tip 16: Read other writers' writing
02:23

Reading aloud helps with the editing process and the exercises reflect on this.

Writing Tip 17: Read out loud
02:06

Regardless of writing fiction or non-fiction, research is vital and this lecture covers this area of being a writer.

Writing Tip 18: Research
02:44

This lecture looks at how social media can help author before and after the writing process.

Writing Tip 19: Social media
02:34

What to do if you want to include a song in your writing.

Writing Tip 20: Song lyrics
02:11

Syllable counting

Limericks
1 question
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Writing Tips 21-30
11 Lectures 23:35

Help with writing a synopsis (and plan) for your novel or short story.

Writing Tip 21: Synopses
02:38

Tips on finding titles and exercises from title prompts.

Writing Tip 22: Titles
02:01

Explanation of 'unreliable narrator' and exercises inspired by this topic.

Writing Tip 23: Unreliable narrator
01:40

Assistance on making an ordinary situation extraordinary.

Writing Tip 24: What if?
01:55

How to escape from writer's block and prompts to write about it.

Writing Tip 25: Writer's block
02:16

Using the world around us to inspire our writing.

Writing Tip 26: Write what you know
02:05

How writers groups can assist an author and their writing followed by exercises inspired by writing groups.

Writing Tip 27: Writing groups
03:04

Encouraging authors to immerse themselves in “all things literary” then exercises inspired by writing magazines and events.

Writing Tip 28: Writing magazines and events
03:26

A checklist once the story has been written… and exercises about finished pieces.

Writing Tip 29: You’ve written the story…
02:08

An encouraging final tip and ending exercises.

Writing Tip 30: And finally…
02:05

Research exercise quiz

Research
1 question

Morgen asks how you got on.

Did you enjoy the course?
00:17
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 04:19

More encouragement and what to do next.

Conclusion
04:19
About the Instructor
Morgen Bailey
3.9 Average rating
44 Reviews
2,739 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+.