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'Creative Writing 101' is an attempt to capture what cannot be held in hand or thought--the elusive riddle of human creativity as we find it in our writing. Here we look at various forms and genres (books, dramas and plays, poetry, essays, film-writing, stories in general, etc.) as they relate to the creative impulse.
We also talk about the Writer's Voice and personality, writing as therapy, illusions about writing, legend and mythos, and other areas where a creative writer may find inspiration, advice or enlightening conjecture. This self-paced course is offered to writers everywhere with hat-in-hand, for what it may be worth. Test and review questions, and also lesson exercises are included at the end of each lesson to build mastery.
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Creativity is important in so many areas of life. Sometimes, when we're creative outside of the norm (such as the choice to rob a bank), our inventive ways are disastrous. A child might mix some household chemicals, just to see what happens----and just before the kitchen explodes, his mother snatches the dangerous combination away from him with a sigh of relief. On the other hand, it really is true that our curiosity, our necessity, our innate ability to dream, our vision of things un-formed, shapeless---in the long story of Mankind---this quality has saved us from many troubles, and improved the quality of life for billions. That's creativity, too.
What do you need to know about creativity in your writing? Certainly most writers won't even begin to write their first story without a gentle inner urging of some kind. We read, and we enjoy reading---so we already have ideas about the written works we love, what makes them superior, what gives us a thrill, what kind of writing we may feel is creative, or not. A phonebook can be a very creative endeavor---the people who put them together have a hundred choices to make, each a creative selection for the way the phonebook is laid out, the typestyle and size of the print, what names will be included or not, whether to put the business section ahead of (or behind) the residential section---and then all those glorious and colorful advertisements. An actor like Al Pacino can pick up the same phone book and read through it with the passion and elocution of a great Shakespearian theatrical work---that's very creative.
So we nurture this precious flame. We hold it dear, we coddle and cajole, we muse---we protect our creativity, give it health, and encourage ourselves however we can. Encouragement is something writers need perhaps more than other artists, because your written works, unlike a dance, or a song, or a sculpture---someone has to take the time and effort to read them, they have to be printed or published in some way, and your 'artistic-feedback-loop' is considerably different than when Al Pacino gets his warm-fuzzies from a full-house audience applauding wildly when he performs on-stage. It can take years of work before anyone, anywhere, even acknowledges that you are, in fact, a writer of some kind. But that flame---so bright and urgent in compassionate love---you just can't resist putting words to paper.
How do we nurture creativity? Knocking yourself on the head with a hammer is one way---and that works for a majority of serious writers. But seriously---we're talking about a mental process, something even the Dalai Llama admits he doesn't understand. Great mystics of the past---Saint Francis of Assisi, Mahatma Gandhi, various yogis and gurus or Brahmans---they don't understand it either. It's much more like nurturing your whole person, your entire being, your whole life-view or way of participating in things going on---much more of this, than pulling creativity itself out of a secret place, taking a quick look at it, analyzing it to death---and then expecting it to still function in the way we want. It really can't be known, and in a sense it really doesn't even belong to you. Nurturing creativity, in writing, is nurturing yourself, and your own sacred inner-being.
Creative writing---what is it really? In a word----fun!
By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Define ways to develop personal creativity in writing.
- Describe various written forms and define the creative flow.
- Demonstrate creativity through easy essays.
- Describe dramatic forms.
- Demonstrate your personality in your writing.
- Compare and contrast writing a novel versus writing a short story.
- Describe how writing can be therapeutic, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1: Personal Creativity in WritingThis lesson will answer the question: "Why do I care about personal creativity in my writing?"
Lesson 2: Various Written Forms and Creative FlowThis lesson explores the different kind of writing forms, including comedy, essays, and fiction.
Lesson 3: Thoughts of Writing PoetryThis lesson describes the history of poetry and its various forms.
Lesson 4: Easy Essays for Creative HappinessThis lesson deals with understanding how to write a basic essay.
Lesson 5: Stories and Fiction in GeneralThis lesson describes how to be a creative fiction writer.
Lesson 6: Dramatic FormsThis lesson describes how to write fictional dramas and adventures.
Lesson 7: The Novel NovelistThis lesson describes some of the factors that go into writing a novel.
Lesson 8: Write What You Know, and Admit You Know NothingThis lesson examines why it might be a better idea to become a specialist writer instead of writing about things you know nothing about.
Lesson 9: Your Personality as a WriterThis lesson explains how to assert your own personality into your writing.
Lesson 10: Creative Writing as TherapyThis lesson explains how writing can be as beneficial as therapy in many situations.
Lesson 11: The Ghost in the Wishing Well: Illusions and False Ideas About Creative WritingThis lesson explains how to separate your ego from your writing, and what to do about writer's block.
Lesson 12: Culinary Arts as Allegory for the WriterThe similarities between a creative chef and a creative writer.
Lesson 13: Writing to Please Others or Yourself?This lesson explains why it is important to write for yourself first.
Lesson 14: From Eternity to YouThe art of being creative.
Lesson 15: The Impossible Task of WordsThe importance of the written word.
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|Languages ||: ||English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries |
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Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive a CEU Certificate documenting CEUs earned
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Basic Course: $40.00 (no CEU Certificate)
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