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Course Description

Do you dream of writing poetry, short stories, or novels? Have you ever watched a movie or a play and felt the desire to write a script of your own? Or have you already done some writing but want to find ways to bring more creativity, more originality, to your writing? Have you ever read a so-so novel or seen a lousy movie and told yourself, "I bet I could do better?" Do you find yourself excited and intrigued by words, and by their sounds and meanings?

If you said yes to any of these questions, then this course is for you. A creative writer makes art just as a painter or sculptor does, but with different tools. Instead of brushes, canvas, and pigments, the writer uses words. While the painter produces a painting we can see in front of us, the writer makes magic of a different sort. With a simple palette of letters and punctuation - just lines and symbols scratched on paper or scattered on a computer screen - the writer can create pictures and even entire worlds within a reader's mind.

There are many forms of creative writing, from fiction, to poetry, to stage play and screenplay. Within each form there are countless genres and flavors. As a writer, you can (and should) try your hand at as many forms as you like, or you can specialize in one. There are techniques and practices that are common to all forms of creative writing, and we will discuss those here. We will also touch on the challenges and techniques that make writing in the different forms unique. Throughout this course, you will find numerous exercises designed to get your brain - and your hand - moving.
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Lesson 1: Small Steps

As a student of this course, and as a creative writer, you will be writing. Decide where your words will go. Will you write longhand, with pen and paper, or will you type your words on a keyboard? 31 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Assignment 1: Starting Small
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Small Steps

Lesson 2: Getting Out of Your Own Way

If you long to write creatively, but you've had a hard time getting started, you are not alone. There are far more people in the world who wish they were writers, than those who actually write. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Being Held Back by Your Fear of Writing?; Online Writing Groups, Writing Communities and Critique Groups
  • Complete: Assignment 2: Combatting Fear
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Getting Out of Your Own Way

Lesson 3: Diving In

The path to inspired writing,is to write whether you feel inspired or not. Get up every day, and go jogging with your pen and your mind. Work your writing muscles and your writer's mind. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 3: Freewriting
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Diving In

Lesson 4: Gear

If you have begun writing along with the exercises, rather than reading all the way through first, you have already made some decisions about the tools you will use as a writer. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: The Creative Penn
  • Complete: Assignment 4: Evaluating Tools
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Gear

Lesson 5: Words on a Page

When asked how to write well, the Poet Dylan Thomas was said to have answered simply, "Love the words." As a writer, words are your primary tool. Fall in love with them. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 5: Show Don't Tell
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Words on a Page

Lesson 6 : On the Shoulders of Giants: Learning by Imitation

You can learn so much by reading and emulating the work of writers you admire. Learning from the work of those who came before us, is a time-honored and essential practice in all of the creative arts. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 6: Choosing Mentors
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6 : On the Shoulders of Giants: Learning by Imitation

Lesson 7: Finding Your Voice

No one has ever been exactly like you, and no one ever will be. You have a unique perspective on the world, a unique set of ideas, of values, of passions. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 7: Your Passions
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Finding your Voice

Lesson 8: Poetic Devices

More than any other kind of writer, poets play with words, combining them in ways they have not been combined before. One of many techniques poets use to communicate with readers is through figurative language. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 8: Using Metaphors
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Poetic Devices

Lesson 9: Poetic Forms

Poetry can be written using any number of set forms, structures which govern the number of lines, the number of syllables per line, how rhymes (if any) are organized, and where breaks between lines occur. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Poetic Forms; Slam Poetry
  • Complete: Assignment 9: Sonnets and Haikus
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Poetic Forms

Lesson 10: Short Story

The short story is fiction in its most compressed form, and is often the place where the fiction writer begins. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Rules and Tools; Writing Short Stories
  • Complete: Assignment 10: Narrative Practice
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Short Story

Lesson 11: The Long Haul: Writing a Novel

A short story is generally about a single event. A character is faced with a single situation, a single goal to achieve. When the character succeeds or fails at achieving this goal, the story ends. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 11: Creating Characters
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: The Long Haul: Writing a Novel

Lesson 12: Upstage, Downstage: Writing Drama

Have you ever gone to a play, or watched a movie, and gone home with the urge to write your own? Why not give a play or a screenplay a try? 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 12: Dialog Creation
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Upstage, Downstage: Writing Drama

Lesson 13 : Conclusion

Creative writing is about making a leap into the unknown. It is about banishing your doubts and fears about your own talent and creativity, and plunging ahead. 196 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Assignment 13: Revising
  • Complete: The Final Creative Writing Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13 : Conclusion
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the steps to take before attempting to write.
  • Demonstrate writing from inspiration.
  • Demonstrate writing without inspiration.
  • Demonstrate writing through imitation.
  • Demonstrate writing in your own voice.
  • Know the processes involved in generating poetic forms.
  • Demonstrate writing a short story, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Course Title: Creative Writing Workshop
Course Number: 7550286
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: College Level
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!
Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $90.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "Great in all aspects. The lessons were concise and to the point. Additional web resources allowed you to dig deeper into the lesson. No time pressure so you could revise your work. In the end, you get out of the course what you put in." -- Edward G.
  • "How to conquer fear and the steps to take before attempting to write." -- Cecilia S.
  • "This is the third course I have taken on Universal Class and I have enjoyed them all. This particularly I would recommend to beginning writers. It is very useful." -- Michael B.
  • "The exercises were most helpful. It is always easier to grasp something when you put it to use." -- Doris A.
  • "The instructor was absolutely fantastic. The lessons were really helpful and to the point. The instructor was very positive and helpful. She was great!!" -- Eliezer H.
  • "I found this course very refreshing to my knowledge as a writer, I'm glad that I did it. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!" -- Cedar J.
  • "I look forward to taking additional courses with this instructor." -- Susan G.
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