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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. 

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
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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 Lessons

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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. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: What Is Creative Writing?
  • Review Article: 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 Article: Writing Dialogue
  • Review Article: Stories told in 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 Article: Point of View for Short Stories
  • Review Article: Point of View
  • 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 Article: How to Write a Movie
  • Review Article: 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 Article: Creative Writing Editing Tips
  • Review Article: 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 Article: Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block
  • Review Article: Writer's Block
  • Review Article: Stephen King's Tips
  • 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 Article: Creative Writing Prompts
  • Review Article: 25 Creative Writing Prompts
  • Review Article: Submissions
  • Review Article: Improving Your Writing
  • 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 Article: 7 Publishing Tips
  • Review Article: 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
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Course Title: Creative Writing for Beginners
Course Number: 8900068
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
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: Melissa Behrend
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
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Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

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