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30 tips highlighting key aspects of creative writing with 90+ exercises to enhance your writing skills.
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Created by Morgen Bailey
Last updated 8/2015
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These thirty-two lectures highlight key aspects of the craft of creative writing, and include thirty tips, each one accompanied by three related exercises to enhance your writing skills.

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 1' course provides 30 tips and 90+ exercises concentrating on sparking creativity, 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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What Will I Learn?
Confidently apply the tips to their writing.
Create up to ninety (90) new pieces of work.
Understand and apply varying techniques of the craft of writing and the industry.
Polish pieces of writing created prior to undertaking this course.
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  • There is no prior knowledge or preparation required in order to start this course. Pen and paper or a blank document is sufficient. Completion of Writing Tips – Part 1 would be an advantage but is not essential.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 35 Lectures Collapse All 35 Lectures 01:23:50
1 Lecture 03:19
Writing tips 1-10
11 Lectures 23:58

Tips and exercises for writing beginnings.

Preview 03:18

Tips and exercises for making writing clearer to the reader.

Preview 02:07

Tips and exercises to avoid using clichés in your writing.

Writing Tip no.3 – Clichés

Tips and exercises to use colour in your writing.

Writing Tip no.4 – Colours

Tips and exercises to heighten conflict and dilemma in your stories.

Writing Tip no.5 – Conflict / dilemma

Tips and exercises to ensure consistency in your writing.

Writing Tip no.6 – Consistency

Tips and exercises to enhance your descriptions.

Writing Tip no.7 – Description

Tips and exercises to distinguish description and dialogue.

Writing Tip no.8 – Description vs. dialogue

Tips and exercises to enhance the dialogue in your stories.

Writing Tip no.9 – Dialogue: keeping it real

Tips and exercises looking at character emotions.

Writing Tip no.10 – Emotions

Picking a phrase not used...

1 question

Morgen checks in to see how you are getting on.

How are you getting on? (we're about a third of the way)
Writing tips 11-20
11 Lectures 25:50

Tips and exercises looking at story endings.

Writing Tip no.11 – Endings

Tips and exercises helping you avoid providing information solely for the reader's benefit.

Writing Tip no.12 – Exposition

Tips and exercises looking at the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell).

Writing Tip no.13 – Five Senses

Tips and exercises looking at the settings you use in your fiction.

Writing Tip no.14 – Locations

Tips and exercises to distinguish metaphors and similes.

Writing Tip no.15 – Metaphors and similes

Tips and exercises looking at the middles of your stories.

Writing Tip no.16 – Middles

Morgen checks in (again) to see how you are getting on.

How are you getting on? (we're about half-way)

Tips and exercises focusing on monologues (solo 'performances' by your character).

Writing Tip no.17 – Monologues

Tips and exercises look at the pacing (the narrative drive) of your stories.

Writing Tip no.18 – Pacing

Tips and exercises using the first-person (I, we) viewpoint.

Writing Tip no.19 – Points of view: first-person

Tips and exercises using the little-known second-person (you) viewpoint.

Writing Tip no.20 – Points of view: second-person

Can you name the five senses?

Five senses
1 question
Writing tips 21-30
11 Lectures 26:32

Tips and exercises using the third-person (he, she, they) viewpoint.

Writing Tip no.21 – Points of view: third-person

Tips and exercises looking at keeping your writing simple.

Writing Tip no.22 – Purple prose

Tips and exercises looking at when, and when not, to use repetition.

Writing Tip no.23 – Repetition

Tips and exercises looking at when to, and when not to, fragment your sentences.

Writing Tip no.24 – Sentences: fragments

Tips and exercises focusing on the lengths of sentences and how they affect your writing.

Writing Tip no.25 – Sentences: lengths

Tips and exercises on how to show what is happening rather than telling the reader.

Writing Tip no.26 – Show don’t tell

Tips and exercises looking at the three main tenses (past, present and future).

Writing Tip no.27 – Tenses

Tips and exercises concentrating on improving the verbs you use.

Writing Tip no.28 – Verbs

A checklist and exercises for when you've finished your story.

Writing Tip no.29 – You’ve written the story…

Tips and exercises to encourage you further.

Writing Tip no.30 – And finally…

Morgen asks whether you've had a good time.

How have you found this course?

What was Andy doing?

Show don't tell
1 question
1 Lecture 04:11

What to do next and thank you!

Preview 04:11
About the Instructor
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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+.

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