Writing So Hot It Burns
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Writing So Hot It Burns

Take Your Writing from Lukewarm to Sizzling by Learning How the Pros Do It
4.2 (19 ratings)
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Last updated 3/2015
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Take your writing to a new level of skill, style, descriptiveness, accuracy, and passion.
  • Increase your mastery of wordsmithing and write more like the professionals.
  • Make your writing come alive on the page using word choice and sentence rhythm.
  • Develop a sensitivity for how word choice and sentence cadence add "atmospherics" to your writing.
  • Cultivate the habit of reading as a writer so you learn from great writers.
  • Have fun and flex your creative muscles as a writer.
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Requirements
  • Have a passion for writing and be committed to improving your skills and style.
  • Don't skip the "Breakout" documents, which do not have audio but contain important information for upcoming writing exercises.
  • Pause the presentation after the audio ends for a writing exercise, take your time doing the exercise, then restart the presentation to see solutions to the exercise.
  • Pause the presentation to read slides, as many contain information that adds to the audio lesson.
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Description

In Writing So Hot It Burns you will learn to ignite the artistry of your writing by using the tricks of the writing trade for choosing the perfect words and sentence cadences to make your writing come alive on the page. Break out of the pack of ho-hum writers by mastering "wordsmithing."

  • The right word, instead of the good-enough or almost-right word, makes all the difference in producing high-impact writing, whether you are writing fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.
  • The perfect sentence cadence and rhythm adds atmospherics to your writing that can be worthy of a movie set-decorator Oscar.

This course is chock full of creative writing exercises, so get your laptop, tablet or pen and pad of paper ready.

  • You will practice, practice, practice, after learning from examples from great writers.
  • You will learn to read like a writer, so you can benefit from the mastery of other writers and put that artistry to work in your own writing.
  • Breakout slides provide definitions and deeper insights into specific writing techniques.
  • Bonus creative writing exercises will help you master the lessons long after the course is done.

The best writers are such masters of wordsmithing that they disappear, leaving readers deeply immersed in the world they have created on the page. No writer can excel at their craft unless they are masters of their tools: words and sentences.

Are your ready to take your writing from sizzling to red hot? Then let's get started!

NOTE: Please use Chrome as your browser for this course. You may experience difficulties with other browsers.


Who is the target audience?
  • Beginning and intermediate writers who want to improve their writing style, taking their writing from hot to sizzling.
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Becoming a Wordsmith
6 Lectures 11:38

Welcome and Introduction

Preview 04:36

Objectives
02:05


Crazy Good Writing
01:41

Breakout: Metaphor & Simile
1 page

Stalking Words
00:52
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Stalking Words: Flex Your Creative Muscle Exercises
9 Lectures 15:01
Breakout: A Word About Synonyms
1 page

Hot Word Choices
02:51

Writing Challenge 1: Different Words, Different Tone
01:25

Writing Challenge 2: So Many Ways to Say the Same Thing
01:26


Breakout: Onamatopeoia
1 page

Writing Challenge 4: Professional Writers and Word Choices
02:06

Writing Challenge 5: You Be the Ghostwriter
01:26

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Learning from Great Writers
8 Lectures 25:39
Breakout: Prosody
1 page

Great Writers Analysis 1: Word Choice and Sentence Pacing
04:11

Don't Overwrite
00:57

Writing Challenge 8: You Be the Ghostwriter
03:05

Great Writers Analysis 2: What's Not Said Speaks Volumes
08:03

Great Writers Analysis 3: Sentence Cadence and Rhythm
06:40

Great Writers Analysis 4: Stream of Consciousness
01:53

Wrapping Up
00:50
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Flex Your Creative Muscles: Bonus Exercises
3 Lectures 00:00

Metaphor and Simile Bonus Exercises
1 page

Sentence Cadence Bonus Exercises
1 page
About the Instructor
Joan Parisi Wilcox
4.2 Average rating
19 Reviews
209 Students
1 Course
Author, Editor, Transformational Coach

Author, transformational coach, practitioner and teacher of Andean mysticism