The creative writing course - write a newsletter or a book.
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Creative writing prompts and ideas - easy ways to improve your creative writing style
4.6 (7 ratings)
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271 students enrolled
Created by Simon Deacon
Last updated 11/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 28 mins on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the key elements of creative writing
  • Feel confident about starting a text
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Requirements
  • This short course has been designed to give you an effective starting point with your creative writing.
  • The course is fast moving, colourful and deliberately designed to encourage you to appreciate how to become an effective creative writer.
  • I’ve used lots pictures - after all they paint a 1000 words - we just need to get those words out on paper!
Description

Course Description

Creative writing can be challenging and, like any other skill, it’s useful to gain an overview of the main topics.

How to improve your written English for fun, profit and enjoyment

  • creative writing by using templates, simple sentences and effectively structuring your work.
  • write with more confidence and precision - using words to get your message across simply and clearly

This short course has been designed to give you an effective starting point with your creative writing. The course is fast moving, colourful and deliberately designed to encourage you to appreciate how to become an effective creative writer. I’ve used lots pictures - after all they paint a 1000 words - we just need to get those words out on paper!

You might be someone who enjoys the challenge of creative writing … perhaps you’d like to start a blog, contribute to a newsletter, write a book or … just write because you want to. Whatever your motivation, this course is an ideal opportunity to get some of the fundamental principles of creative writing - each lecture is complete, there’s plenty of practice and I’ll always feedback if you post a discussion.

There are many benefits to being a creative writer. A precise message is an excellent asset, particularly when there is so many internet, work and family distractions for the reader. Although it could be argued that communication has evolved and that using 'creative writing’ is no longer required in our fast moving 24 x 7, instant access lifestyles.

But I’d argue the complete opposite. Reading a well written creative writing piece can be an excellent escape and allow your mind to wander to a whole new world. From ‘The Hobbit’ to ‘Black Beauty,’ creative writers have opened doors and allowed us to be involved in soaring adventures.

Contents and overview

This course contains over 18 lectures and one hour of content.

However, much more than that, it’s a community of like minded individuals. As we develop and encourage each other you’ll get invaluable, and specific, feedback from your fellow students.

By the end of this course you’ll have valuable skills that will help you quickly focus on the main components of creative writing. You’ll hear what others think of your work and I’ll always try to respond - perhaps a comment, maybe a new lecture.

What are the requirements?

An open mind, willingness to learn, plenty of practice!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 18 lectures and an hour of content
  • … but that’s evolving
  • You’ll enjoy a boost in creativity
  • You’ll know where to start
  • You’ll think about writing in a new way
  • You’ll be an important part of a like minded community

Who are the target audience?

  • Bloggers, article writers, school students, aspiring authors and hobbyists!



Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people who like to write creatively.
  • You might like to start a blog, contribute to a newsletter, write a novel … or just enjoy writing.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
1 Lecture 02:31

Welcome to the first lecture! This is an introduction to the four main areas we’re going to be working through:

  • Just start
  • Write one sentence, write three more
  • Write simply
  • Use an effective structure

There’s plenty of exercises and please do post your work to the discussion boards - I’ll definitely be pleased to read.

Preview 02:31
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Just start.. or learn some openers
4 Lectures 08:32

This lecture is all about ‘just starting’ and I use a number of examples to encourage you to listen to speech in a slightly different way. Rather than acknowledging what the other person says, try to imagine your version. It’s a little like repeating a conversation… but then adding description. The example of the question ‘How you doin’ everything OK?’ shows how to expand by writing about the character and room. ’

In the next lecture we'll be looking at pre-made openers and I'll look forward to seeing you then.


Preview 03:46

This .pdf is the outline of the beginning of a scary story.’ It could be developed by applying some of the ideas from lectures 1 & 2 - there’s excellent scope to add character, location description and more dialogue. One of the thoughts about this course is that I don’t want to put my words in your mind. It needs to be your creative writing ... this story development is your opportunity!

[Exercise] - Can you improve this scary story?
00:54

‘Just starting’ can be a little difficult, so, in this video we talk through some ‘pre-made openers.’ The idea is that you develop a bank of scenes that can be updated and altered to suit your story. The lecture uses examples of a man swaying, a small boy and a possible inflammatory statement.

In the next video we'll be looking at writing one sentence.. and then writing three more. I'll look forward to seeing you soon.


Use some openers
03:34

Here’s a good challenge to hone your persuasive skills. Your council wants to introduce a curfew for under 18’s … what’s your view? Are you in favour, or against? What are the issues?

[Exercise] - Persuasive writing
00:18

Just starting is perhaps the most difficult when learning to write creatively.

Just start quiz
5 questions
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Write one sentence .. write three more
2 Lectures 02:58

This is perhaps the most useful lecture as it will help you to stop and see the text in the mind of the reader. With some (younger) students there is a tendency to ‘run on’ - get the story finished.

This lecture will encourage you to ‘paws’ (you need to watch the video to appreciate the joke!). I’ve given a number of examples of how descriptive writing can be added, without moving the story on too quickly

Write one sentence - write three more.
02:44

Here’s a great picture.

What do you know about this man? What’s his story? How did he get here? Where is he going?

A picture paints a 1000 words. In this exercise you’ll get the opportunity to flex your creative muscles!
[Exercise] - More than meets the eye?
00:14

This section will really help to improve your creative writing. Take the quiz to work through some of the main points.

Write one sentence .... write three more
4 questions
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Simple is best
2 Lectures 05:15

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Leonardo da Vinci

Writing simply is perhaps the most powerful form of writing. In this lecture we explore how to have clarity and precision in your texts. A politician, news reader, journalist and subject specialist all have simplicity at the very heart of their message - we’ll talk through some of the key points.

Writing simply is certainly important, particularly when there are so many distractions and it’s easy for the reader to click on the next link story

Talking about organising your thoughts. In the next lecture we'll be working through sequencing your work.

Write simply
04:52

Here’s a list of simple sentences that form the outline of a story. They need to be developed using all the techniques we’ve talked through.

[Exercise] - Sam's rescue
00:23

Quiz: Keeping it simple
3 questions
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The beginning, middle and end, according to Hollywood.
4 Lectures 09:33

In this lecture we talk through a creative device that will make your writing much more … creative. The use of flashbacks is a great way to add detail to a story, that would be difficult to add in the ‘here and now.’ Widely used in many Hollywood films, a good backstory adds interest and allows the reader to become much more immersed in the character. The motivation and reasons can be explained to create understanding and sympathy with the characters present situation.

Preview 03:09

Putting these random sentences into a sequence is a great exercise in focusing on the main story elements. Can you craft a story from a series of random events?

[Exercise] - Sequencing
00:23

In this lecture we talk through a planning exercise, using a ‘grid method.’ It’s much more difficult to ‘just start writing’ without any template or idea of the story. Like the rest of this course, here’s a practical guide to organising your structure.
Planning your work with the grid method.
02:21

In this lecture I've used the planning grid to outline a story about a 'nearly retired' bank manager. The conflict arises as two characters emerge - one eagerly looking forward to a peaceful retirement; the other outwardly calm, but inwardly seething with resentment.

Planning Grid - It could happen
03:40
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Wrap up and start writing!
1 Lecture 01:01

The final quiz of this series of lectures - enjoy!

Quiz - Wrap up and start writing!
4 questions

A final lecture with an overview of the main course points.

Preview 01:01
About the Instructor
Simon Deacon
4.9 Average rating
18 Reviews
524 Students
2 Courses
Experienced, professional full time tutor

Hi – I've been involved in math and English for quite some time as I qualified as an Engineering Officer in the Merchant Navy. It was a great experience and I was lucky to get the opportunity to see different cultures around the world – from New Zealand to the Middle East. However, during the past few years, I have enjoyed running after school study centres.

I'm always interested in “practical math" and have developed a number of projects to encourage students including Maths Wrap, a YouTube channel (nearly 2 million views!) and creating the world's biggest number – here in Leeds.

Tutoring Experience:

Fully qualified math and English Instructor with over fourteen years experience. Tutoring to GCSE level including exam technique guidance, reasoning skills and interview coaching. I have worked with a number of adults and take pleasure in helping to achieve career goals.