Creative Writing - Get Writing, Keep Writing

Unlock your creative writing ability
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  • Lectures 33
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

Creative Writing is a fun and potentially profitable hobby. Writing needn't be intimidating or scary, and this course will get you started!

This Creative Writing course has a fun informal style, to help you become more aware of your writing style and improve your skills. If you're looking to get started with creative writing and want to unlock your creativity and imagination, this course is for you. We encourage everyone to write at least a tiny bit every day, and capture the fascinating world around them. This course will suit those who are busy and want to fit writing around their lifestyle, or those who eventually seek to write full time or get published.

A relaxed, fun course to act as a creative writing jump start! If you are looking to be inspired to get writing, this course contains tips and hints for being motivated and inspired to put your pen to paper or digits on the keyboard.

Creative writing is accessible to everyone regardless of how busy you are, our education history, or your eventual goals. Join us on the course and start having fun with words!

Course outline contains:

  • Practical advice to get you writing on a daily basis
  • Expert tips from a creative writing professional
  • How to get paid for your writing when you're ready
  • Controlling, and silencing, the fears and negativity in your head
  • Enjoying writing and capturing moments around you
  • Tools and tips to reduce the barriers to writing

What are the requirements?

  • A notebook and pen
  • A willingness to learn and desire to release your creativity

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Enjoy writing and have fun!
  • Create freely without being embarrassed or getting writers block
  • Fit writing around a hectic lifestyle by making time for yourself
  • Master spelling and grammar to a publishable standard
  • Earn money from writing (if that's your goal)
  • Write short stories, poems, novels, and prose
  • Create fantastic beginnings, plots, and closing scenes
  • Form well rounded characters and scenes
  • Avoid common 'beginner' mistakes to progress to publishing quickly

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone looking to explore creative writing in a relaxed and fun format
  • Those aiming to publish a novel
  • Those wanting to create poetry or prose for family occasions
  • Anyone wanting to make money from creative writing via magazines or publishing
  • Someone looking to increase their creativity and imagination

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome
01:33

Welcome to the course. Your teacher will be Tracy Baines - hear about her history and what you can expect from the course.

Section 2: Getting Started
00:16

In this section we'll cover everything you need to prepare to begin your creative writing journey.

02:12

To become a writer do you need any equipment or tools?

00:44

The first thing you should consider is your reasons for pursuing creative writing - what are you looking to gain and what are your goals?

02:25

One of writing's secret tips is to always have a notebook with you to capture your ideas - here's why.

03:26

Using a handy technique called 'the morning pages' you could start writing every day and unlock your creativity immediately.

03:32

It's essential that you make time for yourself, even if you're a mother or carer, and in this lecture we look at why.

02:29

Before you begin the writing journey you should give yourself some targets and goals.

How to set effective goals
1 page
What are my goals?
2 pages
Section 3: Supercharging Your Creativity
00:23

In this section we'll look at motivation, increasing your creativity, and the differences between writing for pleasure or income.

02:26

To be a great creative writer we need to unlock our childlike creativity by thinking outside the box. This lecture will give you ideas and techniques to help rebuild that imagination.

Exercise: Thinking Outside the Box
1 page
00:44

If you're writing for pleasure you will have no boundaries - so enjoy it, and let your imagination run free.

03:28

This lecture will explain what you need to do in order to be able to write to sell. Whether you're looking to get published in magazines, or write your own novel, this lecture explains it all.

02:32

If you're worried about getting your spelling and grammar right, this handy secret tip could be just what you need.

Tips: Spelling and Grammar
2 pages
02:10

It can be very difficult to build up your writing confidence if your inner critic is pulling you down. Here's how to override them and keep your confidence up.

Section 4: Solidifying Your Ideas
00:20

In this section we'll look at building characters, scenes, and plots.

03:33

A handy tool for generating ideas and plots from a start point is to use the Six Honest Serving Men poem.

Exercise: Using Titles
1 page
02:06

To build a story you must first build a character, and this lecture looks at simple ideas to help you form a picture about whom you're writing.

Exercise: practise forming characters
2 pages
02:48

Naming your characters is something often overlooked, but it's vital that you choose the right name - here's how.

02:13

Written dialogue is actually very different to spoken dialogue, and this lecture looks at how you get the right balance.

02:43

When you're painting a scene for your story, make sure you include all five senses.

02:00

Rather than including huge amount of descriptive language, this lecture teaches you to give intriguing and specific scene setting information that your reader will love.

Exercise: Forming Scenes
2 pages
03:03

Writing an engaging start to your story, and a satifying ending, are hugely important but can be quite intimidating. Don't let them stop you writing - this lecture will give you confidence and ideas to get started.

Exercise: Opening and Closing Lines
2 pages
02:12

There are many different options for deciding what point of view to tell your story from, and here we'll explain all 4.

Section 5: Wrap Up
00:55

Thank you for completing this course, please do leave a review - and happy writing!

Book Recommendations
2 pages

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Instructor Biography

Tracy Baines, Creative Writing Coach

Tracy writes short fiction for weekly magazines in the UK, ROI, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa as Francine Lee. Stories published in Woman's Weekly, Take A Break, My Weekly, The People's Friend, Yours, Weekly News, Candis and Best among others. Regional Organiser for Dorset/Hants/Wilts area for the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ).

Workshops/ Speaker at Literary Festivals. Judge Yeovil Literary Prize 2010 (short story section)

Organises writing workshops on the South Coast. Qualified Tutor for Adult Learning.

Co-founder of Word for the Wounded writing prize

Instructor Biography

Louise Croft, Fashion Blogger and Lifestyle Coach

Hello! My name is Louise Croft, a professional fashion blogger, entrepreneur, freelance PR, and life coach, from England. I have a first class business degree and have worked in a wide range of industries across the world. I'm currently a digital nomad travelling the world while I teach and create courses.

I'm passionate about helping other people achieve their potential through all aspects of their life. I really hope my courses will help you do better in everything from your career to your personal confidence. Udemy is now my full time job, combined with my fashion blog, and I'm so excited to share these skills with others.

I'm constantly creating new courses both on my own and in collaboration with other experts, so let me know if there's thing you'd like to see in particular. Currently offering sales, negotiating, fashion, study skills, make up, skincare, coaching, creative writing, interview skills, and many more.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the learning journey!

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