Course Description

Awaken the Wordsmith Within: Dive Deep into the World of Creative Writing

Have you ever been captivated by the enchanting rhythm of a poem or lost yourself in a world depicted in a novel? Ever felt the chills from a particularly compelling scene in a movie and wondered if you could pen something just as impactful? Or maybe, you've stumbled upon a piece of writing and thought, "Surely, I could craft something far superior!" Perhaps, it's the mere allure of words, their texture and resonance, that fascinates you?

If you find yourself nodding to any of these reflections, you're at the right place.

Writing is an art. Just as a painter employs strokes of color to depict emotions and stories, a writer weaves tales and creates universes using words as their medium. The canvas might be different, but the intent is the same: to evoke emotion, to transport the reader or viewer to another realm, to communicate profound thoughts and stories.

While a visual artwork is laid out for the observer to perceive and interpret, written work casts a unique spell. Through mere combinations of 26 letters, punctuations, and spaces, a writer has the power to construct vivid images, emotions, and entire realities in the reader's imagination.

The Multifaceted World of Writing:

Creative writing is an expansive field with myriad forms:

  • Fiction: Dive deep into worlds of your making, crafting characters and plots that captivate.

  • Poetry: Paint with words, letting rhythm and meter evoke profound emotions.

  • Drama and Screenwriting: Visualize performances, imagining dialogues and scenes that will come alive on stage or screen.

Each form presents its own beauty and challenges. You might find your heart resonating with one or be intrigued to experiment with multiple. And within these broad categories lie numerous genres and styles, each awaiting your unique touch.

Course Highlights:

Throughout this immersive journey, we will:

  • Explore Common Techniques: Delve into foundational principles that underpin all forms of creative writing.

  • Dive into Specifics: Understand the nuances, challenges, and rewards of each writing form.

  • Engage in Hands-on Exercises: Stimulate your creativity with prompts and activities designed to hone your skills and ignite your imagination.

Whether you're an absolute beginner or someone looking to refine your craft, this course will equip you with the tools, insights, and inspiration to unleash the writer within. So, if you're ready to embark on an enchanting voyage, to breathe life into characters, to paint with words, and to sculpt stories that linger, this course beckons. Let's together explore the art and magic of creative writing.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize 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.
  • Summarize the processes involved in generating poetic forms.
  • Demonstrate writing a short story.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Assignment 1: Starting Small 20 points
Lesson 1: Small Steps 10 points
Assignment 2: Combatting Fear 20 points
Lesson 2: Getting Out of Your Own Way 10 points
Assignment 3: Freewriting 25 points
Lesson 3: Diving In 9 points
Assignment 4: Evaluating Tools 20 points
Lesson 4: Gear 10 points
Assignment 5: Show Don't Tell 25 points
Lesson 5: Words on a Page 10 points
Assignment 6: Choosing Mentors 25 points
Lesson 6 : On the Shoulders of Giants: Learning by Imitation 9 points
Assignment 7: Your Passions 25 points
Lesson 7: Finding your Voice 10 points
Assignment 8: Using Metaphors 20 points
Lesson 8: Poetic Devices 10 points
Assignment 9: Sonnets and Haikus 25 points
Lesson 9: Poetic Forms 10 points
Assignment 10: Narrative Practice 25 points
Lesson 10: Short Story 9 points
Assignment 11: Creating Characters 25 points
Lesson 11: The Long Haul: Writing a Novel 9 points
Assignment 12: Dialog Creation 25 points
Lesson 12: Upstage, Downstage: Writing Drama 8 points
Assignment 13: Revising 25 points
The Final Creative Writing Assignment 100 points
Lesson 13 : Conclusion 10 points
The Final Exam 61 points
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