On Writing
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On Writing

The 20 Minute Jumpstart for Novices and Writer-Blocked Writers
4.7 (309 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
5,056 students enrolled
Created by Nathan Robertson
Last updated 1/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 35 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Writer, with motivation, today, right now, where you are at, whatever you want
  • Find and apply the latest tools to streamline their writing
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Requirements
  • To be up to speed on the latest digital tools writers can use, please Google "top online tools for writers" to find useful articles with resources that you can apply after this course (there will be links to resources throughout this short course).
Description

Caught in a Writer's Block?

This short and sweet course in designed to give you the jump start you need!

I write about 20,000 words a week - blogs, company materials, books, press releases, email marketing, you name it. Whether you're an experienced writer who needs a little motivation or a new writer looking for inspiration, this class brings it.

In less than the time you would take for a lunch break at work, I'm going to cover:

  • The importance of knowing the why behind your writing
  • Why all writing is advertising
  • How we're all writing the same stories, so we need to take different journeys
  • A few basic tips and tricks I've picked up along the way (for beginning writers!)
  • Why all writing must have a call to action

Consider this short course a cup of coffee for the heart. It will give the burst of energy you need to pick up a pencil, open a word processor, and start writing.

Enjoy!

Who is the target audience?
  • Novice writers with no training past high school
  • Experienced writers trying to break writer's block
  • Anyone looking for a quick laugh ;)
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Curriculum For This Course
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On Writing and Stories
7 Lectures 35:20

This course is a 19-minute cup of coffee for you soul to get you revved up and ready to write something right now. No complex theories. No long-winded concepts. Just big ideas and tools that make it easy for you to start writing right after you finish. 

Are you ready?

1. Introduction
02:15

Three words: Aimless Writing Sucks. So how do we fix it?

2. Aimless Writing
02:21

All writing is advertising. Where does your writing fit into the mix?

If you're not a big ad guru, I recommend watching the Ted Talk attached to this lecture to learn more about how advertising invades all forms of communication - written and otherwise.

3. Writing is Advertising
03:02

Every story that can be written is already written. Why keep writing? Watch to find out why.

4. Old Story, New Journey
02:20

A quick run down of simple / easy heuristics you should build into your writing that will help improve your technical game - link attached with a resource that is very helpful for me when writing longer form pieces.

5. Five Easy Tips
06:07

This course is short for a reason. You need to go write! Let's talk about 'the call' that can make any writing spark change in the real world -

And then let's get out there and make a change we want to see.



6. The Call
03:20

So What Now?
1 question

* BONUS * writing is one thing, but what about how you intersect writing with modern technology. Listen to keynote speaker / YouTube success / film school reject Zach King on the power of writing/stories in modern technology (and all technology moving forward).

How can you integrate your writing with other tools that surround you in your daily life TODAY?

7. Bonus Content: Zach King: TEDxPortland
15:55
About the Instructor
Nathan Robertson
4.5 Average rating
743 Reviews
11,208 Students
3 Courses
EdTech Startup Director, Bilingual, Ex-Actor, Author

I'm that funky Southern guy who speaks Chinese, works at a startup in Boulder, and wants to change the world.

I have over a decade's experience in public speaking: theatre, improv, film acting, motivational speaking, business pitching, trainings, and workshops. I'm also a writer / blogger / idea guy / video editor / amateur cook / not-so-amateur hiker.

I have helped thousand of students and teachers offline through my current work - and now I'm bringing it to you.

Buckle up.