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'.
An overview of characters with exercises to create good and bad characters.
Explaining how copyright works so you know your rights. With related exercises.
An explanation (and exercises) highlighting some trends to avoid.
Encouragement (with three more exercises) to relax and have fun!
The tools required for when inspiration strikes... and three exercises in case it doesn't.
Suggestions for finding time to suit your lifestyle and exercises related to time.
Explanation of word counts with exercises from six words!
An overview of genres with related exercises.
What to do when faced with a blank page... and exercises to inspire.
Word count challenge
Explanation of the journey of the writer... and their characters.
How locations can vary and exercises at different locations.
Using your experience in your writing with exercises to help you do just that.
Showing you how simple planning can be, with exercises to help you plan.
Morgen checking in at the halfway point.
An overview of poetry with poetry-related exercises.
Writers should also be readers. In this lecture, there are exercises looking at other authors.
Reading aloud helps with the editing process and the exercises reflect on this.
Regardless of writing fiction or non-fiction, research is vital and this lecture covers this area of being a writer.
This lecture looks at how social media can help author before and after the writing process.
What to do if you want to include a song in your writing.
Help with writing a synopsis (and plan) for your novel or short story.
Tips on finding titles and exercises from title prompts.
Explanation of 'unreliable narrator' and exercises inspired by this topic.
Assistance on making an ordinary situation extraordinary.
How to escape from writer's block and prompts to write about it.
Using the world around us to inspire our writing.
How writers groups can assist an author and their writing followed by exercises inspired by writing groups.
Encouraging authors to immerse themselves in “all things literary” then exercises inspired by writing magazines and events.
A checklist once the story has been written… and exercises about finished pieces.
An encouraging final tip and ending exercises.
Research exercise quiz
Morgen asks how you got on.
More encouragement and what to do next.
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+.