Brainstorming Masterclass: Plan and Outline Any Project

Cut through writer’s block, create a daily writing practice, and achieve your writing goals through brainstorming method
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  • Length 2.5 hours
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

Master Your Project, Writing, and Course Creation Goals in This Task-Oriented Course on Brainstorming and Organization Strategies.

Got writer's block? Not sure where to start? Feeling stuck? This course will help you master your writing and project goals. Learn various methods of generating, clarifying, and organizing ideas through brainstorming, from the beginning of a project to the end. Master your goals with the following tools in the course:

  • How to cut writer's block
  • How to use brainstorming for creative processes
  • How to organize and build ideas from scratch
  • How course creators and entrepreneurs can achieve their goals
  • NIne types of brainstorming for different situations
  • What brainstorm techniques are appropriate for each situation
  • How to do each brainstorm technique
  • An example of each brainstorm
  • How to convert your brainstorm into a project
  • How to explore different techniques to find what works for you

**A highly reviewed course from instructor with over 12,500 students, four courses on Udemy, and 200 reviews

Stop Striving and Start Thriving!

  • Learn the "Rules of Writing Practice" by Natalie Goldberg as a foundation for all kinds of writing
  • Practice free writing techniques to overcome writer's block and create a daily writing practice
  • Utilize questioning techniques to generate perspectives on a topic from different angles and explore and expand on course creation concepts
  • Use organizer techniques to overcome writer's block, build courses and writing pieces from the ground up, and learn how to structure ideas


**Please note that the course's name has been changed to more accurately reflect your needs, the student. It was called Tips and Prompts to Begin the Writing Process. You will see this name in the slideshows and videos, but it is still the same course. Thanks!**

Overcome Writer's Block, Create a Daily Writing Practice, and Achieve Your Writing Goals

For experienced and new writers, almost everyone has used a brainstorming technique. But how many people have a whole toolbox of strategies to help them generate and organize ideas for almost any project? This course provides you with just that.

If you've ever been fishing, you know that same hook and bait will not work for every fish. In the same way, the same brainstorming technique will not work for every situation.

This course covers nine specific brainstorming strategies in three categories to help you achieve success in various situations, whether you are building a course concept, creating course organization and lectures, writing a short story or novel, working on a school project, or writing articles or blogs for profit. Everyone has to come up with ideas, and that can often be daunting.

This course gives you concrete tools, methods, and exercises to get you going on that project you've been putting off.

What Students are Saying About This instructor's courses with over 3000 students and courses averaging 4.5-5 stars.

  • by Faisal Qamar, Indeed Well structured and Updated Course...The instructor Rachel Leroy is well prepared and aware about common mistake which novice like me can easily caught in and lose the marks. Eights step are really important to gain high score in writing. She fully engage the student and prevent you from getting bore during Lectures. The course help you achieve your goals for instance in my case the course help me to point out the major and minor mistake I've done in my Final Dissertation writing. Last but not least the video and audio quality is very good. Great contents especially Recommend for Non-Native speaker...

  • "A course for everybody - Superbly put together!" **Whojr01
  • "Great class! . . . I highly recommend this to others." **Melinda D. Etheridge
  • "Amazing! Great course! . . . Very interesting structured course and a lot of tricks and tips for writers.Thank you for this opportunity to write much better!" **Elena Kostadinova
  • "Thank You! . . . I have learned so many techniques and practices that will enhance my future writing projects! **Matthew
  • "I will be a better writer as a result of this course. Thank you . . . " **David G. Kulp


Who Will Benefit From the Course

  • creative writers
  • course creators
  • entrepreneurs
  • bloggers
  • business writers
  • project creators
  • people who write for profit
  • journalists
  • academic writers
  • students
  • new writers
  • lifetime learners
  • copywriters


Content and Overview

The course is built for beginning and experienced writers, course creators, entrepreneurs, and individuals starting any kind of project.

In nine lectures, you will learn various types of brainstorming, topic exploration, and organizing. As a writing professor and team lead at a major university, I have thirteen years' experience teaching thousands of students from all over the world writing techniques through supportive one-on-one and results-driven strategies.

In each lecture, you will learn the brainstorming technique, situations for which it is appropriate (and ones it isn't), how to do the technique, best practices for success, a specific exercise to get started, an example of the technique, and specific guidelines to transfer your exercise to your writing and project goals.

This class contains a bonus lecture for course creators that includes specific strategies for using these methods to plan, build, and organize your own courses and lectures, as well as best practices for success. You will learn how to apply these strategies to building courses that will benefit build value for students, and success for yourself. There is also a quick access guide for using the "Rules of Writing Practice."

Additionally, you will learn how to use these techniques to help you beat writer's block, get past perfectionism, generate ideas, understand your topic, build arguments, organize ideas, and see how they relate. You will also learn techniques to help you find the best pattern of organization in your writing or course, support major ideas effectively, spot gaps that need more consideration, and eliminate unneeded redundancies.

Students that complete the course will have a toolbox of strategies to help them overcome writer's block, create a daily practice, and achieve their writing and course creation goals. Don't put it off. Sign up for the course today and let's get started!


Yours In Writing and Learning,


Rachel Leroy










What are the requirements?

  • Basic English writing terms such as “brainstorming” and “outlining.”
  • Willingness to experiment with different writing methods.
  • A computer or pen and paper, an open mind, and a specific goal.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • CUT through writer’s block
  • CREATE a daily writing practice
  • ACHIEVE your writing goals
  • CREATE a solid and profitable course concept
  • BUILD and ORGANIZE a course from the ground up

What is the target audience?

  • Course creators building and organizing a course and its concept
  • Writers suffering from writer’s block
  • Anyone starting a new project
  • Anyone looking to create a daily writing practice
  • Anyone looking for ways to generate ideas for a writing piece
  • This course is more for beginning and intermediate writers, but it can benefit any writer in any of the above categories.
  • This course is more for those at or near the beginning of the course creation process.

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.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction: Brainstorming Masterclass
04:48

Brainstorming Masterclass: Plan and Outline Any Project will help you learn to cut through writer’s block, create a daily writing practice, and achieve your writing goals through brainstorming methods.

The course introduction clarifies the following:

1. Course outcomes

2. How students will benefit from the course

3. Best practices for success in the course

4. How to use the best brainstorming method in each situation

5. Course breakdown



05:48

This video explains how to to use various brainstorming methods to design, organize, and plan a new course. This lecture includes best practices for success in using the course lectures to conceptualize, plan, and build your course. Please watch this video at the beginning of the lectures. Reviewing this video is recommended after covering the brainstorming lectures.

Section 2: Brainstorming With Free Writing Techniques
07:10

This video breaks down how to use the free writing technique, defines what it is, includes the Rules of Writing Practice applicable to all the other lectures, clarifies what situations to apply the free writing technique, shows how to do free writing, demonstrates an example of free writing, and shows what to do with your free write once it’s completed.

This lecture has a built in exercise.

12:17

This video continues to break down how to use the free writing technique, defines what it is, includes the Rules of Writing Practice applicable to all the other lectures, clarifies what situations to apply the free writing technique, shows how to do free writing, demonstrates an example of free writing, and shows what to do with your free write once it’s completed.

This lecture has a built in exercise.

13:27

This video breaks down how to use the listing technique, defines what it is, clarifies what situations to apply the listing technique, shows how to apply listing, demonstrates an example of listing, and shows what to do with your list once it’s completed.

This lecture has a built in exercise.

12:52

This video breaks down how to use the looping technique, defines what it is, clarifies what situations to apply the looping technique, shows how to do looping, demonstrates an example of looping, and shows what to do with your looping once it’s completed.

You will need to view the Free Writing lectures and practice the Rules of Writing Practice before completing this lecture.

This lecture has a built in exercise.

14:47

This video breaks down how to use the boomerang technique, defines what it is, clarifies what situations to apply the boomerang technique, shows how to do the boomerang, demonstrates an example of the boomerang, and shows what to do with your boomerang once it’s completed.



This lecture has a built in exercise.

4 questions

This quiz is designed to reinforce the different forms of free writing in the course to increase your knowledge, retention, and skills for successful application of the lectures.

1 page

This is a document laying out the "Rules of Writing Practice" by Natalie Goldberg. You can use this as you practice various lectures in the course.

Section 3: Brainstorming With Questions
11:36

This video breaks down how to use the cross-examination technique, defines what it is, clarifies what situations to apply the cross-examination technique, shows how to do cross-examination, demonstrates an example of cross-examination, and shows what to do with your cross-examination once it’s completed.

This lecture has a built in exercise.

12:09

This video breaks down how to use the interviewing technique, defines what it is, clarifies what situations to apply the interviewing technique, shows how to do interviewing, demonstrates an example of interviewing, and shows what to do with your interview once it’s completed.

This lecture has a built in exercise.

13:17

This video breaks down how to use the cubing technique, defines what it is, clarifies what situations to apply the cubing technique, shows how to do cubing, demonstrates an example of cubing, and shows what to do with your cube once it’s completed.

This lecture has a built in exercise.

3 questions

This quiz is designed to reinforce the different forms of questioning/heuristics in the course to increase your knowledge, retention, and skills for successful application of the lectures.

Section 4: Brainstorming With Organizers
14:02

This video breaks down how to use the outlining technique, defines what it is, clarifies what situations to apply the outlining technique, shows how to do outlining technique, demonstrates an example of outlining, and shows what to do with your outline once it’s completed.

This lecture has a built in exercise.

14:01

This video breaks down how to use the visual organizer technique, defines what it is, clarifies what situations to apply the visual organizer technique, shows how to do visual organizers, demonstrates two examples of visual organizers, and shows what to do with your visual organizer once it’s completed.

This lecture has two built in exercises.

2 questions

This quiz is designed to reinforce the different forms of organizing in the course to increase your knowledge, retention, and skills for successful application of the lectures.

Section 5: Conclusion
09:08

The video includes the best practices and key takeaways from the course to help you to do the following:

  1. How to use this method to cut writer’s block
  2. How to use this method to create a daily practice
  3. How to use this method to achieve your writing goals
  4. How to use this method to conceptualize, plan, build and organize a course and course lectures.
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Whether you're looking for time for writing, spiritual practice, or whatever, this concept shows that if you are going to transform your life, upgrade your writing, publish that novel, it requires time, energy, and effort, and there's no way around this. 

This video helps you to look at prioritizing in a new and unique way, and perhaps will help you in other areas of your life as well. 

Priorities: Rocks in a Jar

·         How do you set priorities in your life?

·         What keeps us from doing what we know is good for us?

·         Why do we resist good things and procrastinate?

·         This video gives you strategies for setting priorities whether it’s writing, a spiritual practice, or pursuing a hobby or dream. 

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Instructor Biography

Rachel Leroy BA, MA, MFA, Team Lead, Writing Professor, and Personal Growth Consultant

Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.  --Albert Einstein--

Introduction

As a teacher and lifelong learner, I'm excited to engage my creativity and expertise to help students and other learners engage in empowering learning experiences that will help them succeed in their careers, education, and lives. With thirteen years experience as an Assistant Professor in English, writing, and composition at Georgia Southern University, I have acquired experience teaching writing and composition, creative writing, critical thinking and logic, online learning, research methods, first year college experience, student-centered learning, editing, grammar, and literature.

How I Help Students to Stop Striving and Start Thriving

I know what it's like to work hard for something and overcome obstacles to your dreams. I know what it's like to not have things handed to you. I know what it's like to watch the other guy get ahead when you don't. I know what it's like to learn things when they don't come naturally to you. I know what it's like to persist on days you don't even know what you're doing or if you'll make it. I take these personal experiences and use them to relate to you with understanding and care. I have many achieved goals in spite of challenges, and I can help you do the same, because I understand what it's like to be there. I help students Stop Striving and Start Thriving.

Being Your Instructor

After finishing school, I learned to teach others to write by being thrown into a college writing classroom with little experience. With the help of other amazing teachers, I taught myself how to teach while I was doing it. In this twelve year experience, I learned to make writing fun and easy to understand for students at different levels in the writing process. Strong teaching evaluations from students backed that there was something to the techniques I was using, because students were benefiting from them. In the end, my chief goal is always to help students learn, enjoy, and love writing.

Background

I obtained a BA in English Literature at Georgia Southern University, an MA in English Literature at Georgia Southern University, and an MFA (terminal degree) in Creative Writing (with thesis in poetry) at Sewanee School of Letters at University of the South. I am passionate about human creativity and learning, and helping students make new connections and achieve personal empowerment through their writing.

Personal Interests

I'm on a mission to help those who are hurting to cope, help those who have failed to succeed, and help those with mental illnesses to stop striving and start thriving. My focus is especially to help those that don't succeed the first time, or perhaps the tenth. You can make it if you don't give up and learn smart. As a teacher and lifelong learner, I'm excited to engage my creativity and expertise to help students and other learners engage in empowering learning experiences that will help them succeed in their careers, education, and lives.

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