Introduction to Creative Writing: Getting Started
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Introduction to Creative Writing: Getting Started

A course to help beginning writers find their writing voice and to inspire experienced writers with writing exercises.
3.6 (27 ratings)
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 6 Writing Exercises & 1 PIT-Stop Writing Exercise
  • By the end of the course, students and writers will know how to kick-start their writing life and they will have at least one idea for a new story, poem, or play.
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  • A passion for writing

Welcome to the Introduction to Creative Writing Series. This is the very first course, Getting Started. If you’re new to Creative Writing or want to write stories but are unsure of where to start, then this is the course for you. Even if you are a regular writer with some core background knowledge, you may gain new insights about yourself as a writer, and you’ll definitely feel inspired by the writing exercises.

In this course, you will learn about:

  • The Reasons Writers have for Not Writing
  • The Writing Process: Prewriting & Drafting
  • Tools for the Writing Process
  • Elements of Creative Writing: Character, Plot, Point of View, and Setting

This course is accompanied by a downloadable Getting Started Journal where you will be able to complete writing exercises to stimulate your creativity.

Additionally, every student will have access to the Love Notes & Help Notes Workshop where you will have the chance to anonymously submit writing for an in-depth review.

Who is the target audience?
  • Aspiring writers who want to start writing
  • Writers out of practice who need some refresher tools to start writing again
  • Experienced writers looking for new inspiration
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
Welcome to the Course
2 Lectures 03:39

A welcome to the course along with some advice from Stephen King and three things I feel every aspiring writer should do to start and improve on their writing life.

Preview 03:39

Getting Started Journal is supplementary material for this course.

Getting Started Journal
20 pages
What is Creative Writing?
2 Lectures 08:42

What does the term Creative Writing mean and what does it mean to be a creative writer? This lecture explores those concepts.

Preview 03:22

This lecture looks at the various reasons writers tell themselves why they should not write, along with some tips on how to get past writers' blocks, apathy, self-doubt, and excuses.

Preview 05:20
The Writing Process
2 Lectures 09:13

Prewriting is the time when a writer plays with ideas and gathers information to prepare for the actual drafting. In this planning phase you brainstorm and research ideas. Brainstorming can be simply thinking about what you want to write. Researching often involves reading or talking about a topic. At a minimum, prewriting means coming up with an idea!


Drafting is the stage when the writer begins to record ideas in rough form. It is simply a time to gather, explore, and discover ideas and is not expected to produce a final, polished writing. In this stage writers will often use diagrams for mapping out thoughts.

Tools for the Writing Process
3 Lectures 11:56

It is important to keep a journal to discover deeper levels of the human condition, which you can use in your writing.


Clustering is a powerful tool because it taps into the right brain, which drives creativity.


Free-writing is a technique where you write nonstop, capturing as many ideas as possible. It may resolve itself as single words, phrases, full sentences, even paragraphs, and it may not make any sense to the casual reader. Ideas come with great speed and momentum often triggering other ideas along the way, and ideas are the goal of the first draft.

Elements of Creative Writing
6 Lectures 14:35

What are the creative writing elements? This video will look at what these are and why they are important to know.

The Elements

Characters are the real or imaginary people you write about in your fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama. Characters can make or break a story even if you have a good plot. Characters are essential to drawing in the reader because people relate to other people, even if they’re imaginary.


Plot constitutes the substance of a story. It shows the arrangement of events and actions within it. For the writing to be worth reading, something has to happen by the end.


Point of view, or POV for short, is the perspective from which you tell a work of writing.

Point of View

Setting is where your story takes place. It is significant as the physical details often have metaphorical value. That is, the setting is associated with values, ideals, attitudes, and beliefs. As setting is the place and time where the story happens, it often reflects upon the characters and reveals their emotional or psychological state.


The last writing exercise of the Getting Started Journal, along with further instructions on how to complete this exercise.

5 pages
Course Wrap-Up
3 Lectures 02:37

A quick summary of the major points from the course.


2 pages

Course Glossary
4 pages
About the Instructor
Shanon D. Huston-Willis
3.6 Average rating
27 Reviews
954 Students
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The Writing Coach

Shanon D. Huston-Willis is a professional writer and Creative Writing instructor with literary and academic experience and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing. She serves the writing community as a Writing Coach with Literary Dawn, working side by side with students and writers who strive to improve their English and Creative Writing.

Each month she teaches Creative Writing classes at the Elizabethtown Hardin County Public Library and she has worked as a tutor and an editor. In short, she loves the written word and the power words can have to move the general public. It’s her goal to spend the rest of her life improving her craft and helping others along the way!