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.
Tips and exercises for making writing clearer to the reader.
Tips and exercises to avoid using clichés in your writing.
Tips and exercises to use colour in your writing.
Tips and exercises to heighten conflict and dilemma in your stories.
Tips and exercises to ensure consistency in your writing.
Tips and exercises to enhance your descriptions.
Tips and exercises to distinguish description and dialogue.
Tips and exercises to enhance the dialogue in your stories.
Tips and exercises looking at character emotions.
Picking a phrase not used...
Morgen checks in to see how you are getting on.
Tips and exercises looking at story endings.
Tips and exercises helping you avoid providing information solely for the reader's benefit.
Tips and exercises looking at the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell).
Tips and exercises looking at the settings you use in your fiction.
Tips and exercises to distinguish metaphors and similes.
Tips and exercises looking at the middles of your stories.
Morgen checks in (again) to see how you are getting on.
Tips and exercises focusing on monologues (solo 'performances' by your character).
Tips and exercises look at the pacing (the narrative drive) of your stories.
Tips and exercises using the first-person (I, we) viewpoint.
Tips and exercises using the little-known second-person (you) viewpoint.
Can you name the five senses?
Tips and exercises using the third-person (he, she, they) viewpoint.
Tips and exercises looking at keeping your writing simple.
Tips and exercises looking at when, and when not, to use repetition.
Tips and exercises looking at when to, and when not to, fragment your sentences.
Tips and exercises focusing on the lengths of sentences and how they affect your writing.
Tips and exercises on how to show what is happening rather than telling the reader.
Tips and exercises looking at the three main tenses (past, present and future).
Tips and exercises concentrating on improving the verbs you use.
A checklist and exercises for when you've finished your story.
Tips and exercises to encourage you further.
Morgen asks whether you've had a good time.
What was Andy doing?
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+.