Why I Write: Embrace the Power Within & Write Like Orwell

Understand why you write, stimulate your essay writing and critical thinking skills and get your creative juices flowing
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  • Lectures 8
  • Length 24 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

“Of all the things I could be doing, why do I feel compelled to write?” This is a question all writers ask at the start of their journey, and even during their lifetime. This nano course is dedicated to helping you establish your reason for writing. The lectures and exercises provided, encourage you to tease out ideas and goals, articulate aims and objectives, and understand why your story is worth sharing with the world! There are also some wider reading materials by the inspirational George Orwell — author of the famous essay, 'Why I Write'. The work you produce on this course can be used as a pick-me-up if you ever face that dreadful writers' block, lack a little confidence or feel demotivated. If you're taking an accredited creative writing course, consider adding the work you do here to your portfolio.

What are the requirements?

  • Your preferred writing materials, a comfortable space where you can think and write and your imagination!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • This nano course has been developed for writers at all levels— whether you’re in the process of defining who you are as a writer, struggling with writers' block or building a portfolio of work for an arts and culture-based course. No prior experience in writing is needed, but your passion for creativity might come in handy!
  • Use the exercises and resources provided to set exciting and achievable goals that will enable you to develop your literature in a way and at a pace that suits you.
  • Use the draft of work you create as a marketing device (such as the biography for your blog site), a source of encouragement when faced with writers' block or other creative dry spells, or even as part of a larger project.
  • Use this course to stimulate your creative writing and problem solving skills.
  • Share this course with friends, your writers' group, etc, and add a new flavour to your workshop agenda.
  • Use this course as part of your Arts Award or AQA creative writing portfolio. Feel free to email online@scribbleink.com if you'd like to know more about these globally recognised accreditations and qualifications.

Who is the target audience?

  • This nano course has been especially successful with poets, monologue and flash fiction writers, but of course, anyone with an interest in literature and literacy development is welcome to join.

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.


Section 1: Get Started
Introduction: Why bother establishing my reasons for writing?

It's pretty straight-forward really. We'll start with a light academic investigation into George Orwell's essay, 'Why I Write.'

Section 2: Get Thinking

This nano course handbook contains...

  • Orwell's famous essay, 'Why I Write' which you'll need to read before taking the quiz,
  • a copy of Orwell's biography, a collection of videos including an interview with orwell,
  • fan commentaries, Orwellian-inspired writing exercises (which you may find useful when it's time for you to get creative)
  • and some Scribble Goodies.

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10 questions

Have you read through the materials? Great! Then this should be a doddle.

Section 3: Get Creative

The video in this lecture will take you through 24 questions centred around why you write. Each question will be on screen for approximately 30 seconds, but do feel free to pause and rewind if you need more time. Once you've completed this Q&A session, move onto the next lecture so you can collate your answers and develop a polished work of literature.

Remember, no honest answer is a wrong answer. This exercise is designed to get you thinking about your aims as a writer, your writing style and future projects, while simultaneously stimulating you're creativity, literacy development, critical thinking and reflexive practice.

Finally, this exercise has been a hit in many Scribble Ink workshops - writers have often described it as 'therapeutic' and 'fun'.

Enjoy! :)

Reflect, edit, polish and share
Section 4: Course Wrap-up
How to use your literature
Congratulations! Let's keep in touch...

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Instructor Biography

Scribble Online, Creative Writing Courses by Scribble Ink Story Consultancy

Founded by writer Nadia Gasper in 2010, Scribble Ink Story Consultancy is a social enterprise dedicated to mentoring writers throughout their creative process.

Scribble Online is one of three core writing programmes delivered by Scribble Ink. It exists to provide learners with creative writing courses that are flexible, affordable and fun. Each nano course available is equivalent to a 1-2 hour workshop. Enrol today and share the many experiences our London-based writers enjoy during live sessions.

Feel free to email online@scribbleink.com if you have any questions, including queries regarding AQA and Arts Award accreditations, publishing and marketing support, or other programmes and services.

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