How to Use This Course
What exactly is creative writing, and what does good creative writing look like? What are some tools writers have at their disposal to master words and put them in their proper places? In this course, students will learn to employ various tools and develop a style of their own—one that helps them define, in their own beautiful words, what creative writing means to them.
In this course, students will explore creative writing from inspiration to completion, unpacking a selection of methods and literary devices along the way. Each of the 16 weekly lessons will include writing exercises to practice the topics and assignments to help students develop a daily creative writing habit. By the end of this course, students will have explored several concepts, mastered a selection of literary devices, created several short writing passages, and completed at least one entire creative writing piece.
- Week One: What Is Creative Writing?
- Week Two: Journaling and Your Writer’s Notebook
- Week Three: Inspiration
- Week Four: Using Strong Adjectives
- Week Five: Show, Don’t Tell
- Week Six: Literary Devices: Alliteration, Assonance, and Consonance
- Week Seven: Literary Devices: Personification and Anthropomorphism
- Week Eight: Literary Devices: Metaphor and Simile
- Week Nine: Literary Devices: Emphasis, Exaggeration, and Hyperbole
- Week Ten: Literary Devices: Repetition and Contrast
- Week Eleven: Review and Reference Guide
- Week Twelve: Creative Non-Fiction
- Week Thirteen: Creative Fiction
- Week Fourteen: Creative Fiction, cont.
- Week Fifteen: Final Creative Writing Piece
- Week Sixteen: Edit and Choose Your Title
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