Creative Writing for Beginners


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  • 14
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Course Description

Creative writing is a form of artistic expression.   While the painter uses canvas and the sculptor uses clay, the writer uses pen and paper – or computer and keyboard in today's world.    This course is designed to teach you the tools and mechanics of creative writing.   You'll learn about writing fiction, poetry, screenplays, and even nonfiction.   It doesn't matter if you're already writing or if you want to learn more about it so you can start.    This course teaches you the basics that you need to know and gives you the skill sets you need to start creating your written works of art.

You'll learn:

  • The different forms of creative writing
  • The true value of creative writing
  • Reasons why you should write
  • The tools you need to write excellent fiction
  • The different types of nonfiction
  • How to write memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies
  • How to write articles for newspapers, blogs, or journals
  • How to overcome writer's block
  • How to write poetry
  • And how to get your work recognized and published

There are fifteen comprehensive lessons in this course. After each lesson, you'll find exercises that will help you review what you've learned.   You'll also find a dozen writing assignments that you can use to get the ideas flowing and start writing.

This course is the perfect introduction to creative writing.   It will teach even the newest writers how to successfully take their ideas and put them onto paper.   Even if you've never written anything before, this course will get you started – and you'll be amazed at how well you can actually do once you've finished.

 

About this Course
 
Creative writing is a form of artistic expression. While the painter uses canvas and the sculptor uses clay, the writer uses pen and paper – or computer and keyboard -- in today's world. These lessons are designed to teach you the tools and mechanics of creative writing. You'll learn about writing fiction, poetry, screenplays, and even non-fiction. It doesn't matter if you're already writing, or if you want to learn more about it so you can start. This course teaches you the basics, and gives you the skill sets you need to start creating your written works of art.

There are 15 lessons in this course. Each lesson is broken down in order to address a form of creative writing, and to explore the tools and mechanics that pertain to it. After each lesson, you will find exercises. These are simply a way to gauge what you have learned and help you reinforce what was covered in the lesson. The exercises are mandatory, and they are what you will be graded on for this course.

After some of the lessons, you will also find a lesson assignment. Each lesson assignment was created to get you started writing. You will be asked to write using the tools and mechanics taught to you in the previous lesson. Unlike the exercises, these assignments are optional and do not have to be turned in.  However, practicing what you have learned always helps to "concrete" it in your brain, so you are encouraged to complete every assignment just as you would an exercise.

About Creative Writing
 
There are thousands of creative writing courses out there today. You can take them at almost any college or university, online schools, and even through other organizations that offer them to aspiring writers. But with that said, the most important thing you can learn about creative writing is this: No one can teach you how to be a writer.   Moreover, no one can teach you how to be creative, and how to use that creativity to write.The best English professor on this planet cannot teach you how to be a writer. Only you can do that – for yourself.
 
They, like this course, can only teach you the tools and mechanics professional writers use.  It's then up to you to practice, to write all the time -- every day, even – and to hone your craft. Not everyone who likes to write will become a professional writer. That said, writing is something you have to enjoy. You have to want to do it a lot.  And, most importantly, you must read at least twice as much as you write.  It's only through learning from successful professional writers and practicing your own writing that your "creative writing" endeavors may start to turn into the kind of stuff that made John Grisham or Stephen King household names. Still, it's only a maybe. It's a competitive world.

Creative Writing Defined
 
Oftentimes, the term creative writing is given more weight than it actually deserves. Any type of writing that you might do is creative writing.  If you write articles, nonfiction books, poetry, memoirs, screenplays, or fiction – this is all creative writing.  In the last section, we talked about the fact that nobody can teach you to be a writer, yet creative writing classes are offered at most universities and hundreds of places online.The problem with this is creative writing covers every kind of writing you can do. Most creative writing courses tend to focus on fiction, but fiction is just the start. 
 
Creative writing is defined as the imaginative creation of drama, fiction, or nonfiction, especially as a course of study. In this course, you're going to learn about the most popular forms of creative writing. We may not be able to teach you to be a writer, but we can give you the skill sets you need to be well on your way. All you have to add is practice.

The Different Types of Creative Writing
 
You can also go through this list and maybe determine which types interest you the most.  
  • Fiction . Of course, fiction is the most recognized form of creative writing since the stories begin in your imagination.
  • Journals and diaries .  Most people don't think of this as creative writing, but keeping a journal or diary (for personal or family history reasons) is just as much creative writing as any other form.
  • Blogs .  Let's face it. Blogs have changed the way we read the news and also given us insight into the things that interest us and the lives of those people who interest us.
  • Articles . Articles may contain facts, but creativity is put into constructing and writing them in a way that will interest the reader.
  • Screenplays .  What's the funniest movie you ever watched? Did you ever think about the writer who created the screenplay?
  • Nonfiction . It's the same as it is with articles. The facts inside a nonfiction book or story may be true, but a lot of creativity goes into making it fun and interesting to read. It's a safe bet that you've never read a nonfiction book that put you to sleep.  
  • Memoirs .  Whether you're writing your own or someone else's, this is another form of creative writing.
  • Poetry .  Poems are probably one of the most artistic forms of creative writing, because of the imagery they evoke when written well.

The Value of Creative Writing
 
Too many people start out writing with the hopes of becoming liked by readers and published by some big, glamorous publishing house. However, the people that have the eyes on the prize are often the ones that forget the true value of creative writing.

It's a great thing if your goal is to become a published writer, or even a well-read blogger or journalist. But that should not be your only reason for writing. The writing world is highly competitive, and it's extremely critical. Even the best-known, most popular authors papered their walls with rejection slips, or lived as an unknown for years before they rose to popularity. That said, anyone who starts creative writing simply because they think their writing is so different or special that everyone will instantly fall in love with their words is headed for heartbreak.  It's a long road to that point, and it's filled with potholes.

The real value of creative writing lies in the enjoyment you get from it, as well as the enjoyment the people closest to you will get from it. You can publish you own blog and only have 20 people who read it faithfully.Guess what? That makes you successful if you enjoy writing it, and those that read it (no matter how many or how few) enjoy it as well.  

Creative writing is our escape from our worlds. It's also a way to document the things that go on around us. Even a short story you write, then cram into a drawer, will have value to those who read it years from now. It will tell them a story about you, the things that were on your mind, and the world around you at that time. Think of the classic books from writers such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Think of nonfiction biographies like that of Ann Frank.  Even if your work is never widely read or published, it will have value to those who read it now – and even more value later as a historical account. 

But more than anything, as we said before, the true value of creative writing is the enjoyment that you get from it. 

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Creative Writing

This course teaches you the basics, and gives you the skill sets you need to start creating your written works of art. 36 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Creative Writing; What Is Creative Writing?
  • Take Poll: Writing
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Exploring Creative Writing

People write for many reasons.Some write for their own personal enjoyment. Others write as gifts to others. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Secrets of Creative Writing

When you learn to use the tools that professional writers use, you truly master creative writing. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Clauses
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Elements of Short Story and Fiction Writing

In this lesson you'll learn components you need to write a narrative. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Dialogue

Dialogue is defined as a conversation between two or more characters or people. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Stories told in dialogue; Writing Dialogue
  • Review Video: Writing Dialogue
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Point of View

The point of view that you choose in your writing will depend on what you want to accomplish, your story itself, and how much influence you want a character to have over each scene. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Point of View; Point of View for Short Stories
  • Take Poll: Point of View
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Writing Nonfiction

In this lesson, we're going to focus on the three types of nonfiction that appeal to most creative writers. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: 10 Tips for Nonfiction Writers
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Writing Poetry

Poetry is a beautiful art, and it's an art that you're going to learn about in this lesson. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Writing Poetry
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Writing Articles, Blogs, and Journalistic Pieces

What you learn in this lesson can be used to write articles for article banks, blogs, or newspapers, both online and off. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: Effective Internet Article Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Writing Dramas, Scripts, and Screenplays

Writers who write dramas are often called screenwriters, and sometimes scriptwriters, because the words they write will often be acted out on stage, instead of just read from a book. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Write a Movie; How to Write a Play
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: The Importance of Editing

Editing is the process of arranging, revising, and preparing work for publication. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Creative Writing Editing Tips; Rewriting and Editing
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Overcoming Writer's Block

Writer's block is a phrase that's used when someone who wants to write can't. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Stephen King's Tips; Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block
  • Take Poll: Writer's Block
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Unlocking Your Creativity

This lesson is full of creative writing prompts you can use to unlock your creativity to produce ideas, then flesh them out once you come up with them. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: 25 Creative Writing Prompts; Improving Your Writing; Submissions
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Resources for Writers

Most people who write on a regular basis want to publish their work. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Writing.Com
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Publishing Your Writing

You're going to learn the various ways you can build a name for yourself and publish your work, as well as the best ways to make money from your writing. 106 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: 7 Publishing Tips; On Publishing Yourself
  • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
594
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the creative writing process.
  • Define elements of short story and fiction writing.
  • Demonstrate dialogue.
  • Demonstrate point of view.
  • Demonstrate writing nonfiction.
  • Demonstrate writing poetry.
  • Demonstrate writing articles, blogs, and journalistic pieces.
  • Demonstrate writing dramas, scripts, and screenplays.
  • Describe the importance of editing.
  • Describe techniques overcoming writer's block.
  • Recognize new ways to unlock your creativity.
  • Describe ways to publish your writing, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Creative Writing for Beginners
Course Number: 9770561
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dana Kristan
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