Introduction to Creative Writing
What is writing?
At its most basic, writing is a system of communication that conveys the thoughts and emotions of the writer through an ordered collection of symbols. In effect, writing is nothing more than putting words down on paper (or digitally).
However, this doesn’t mean that the only way of consuming writing is to read it. Writing can be presented in as many forms, mediums, genres, and styles as you can imagine.
How we think of writing
A lot of the generic terminology we used in creative writing courses will lead you to think that creative writing refers to books (the novel particularly) and its readers. The yen to write a novel is natural and good and should always be encouraged, but not everyone who sets out to write wants to produce the great Australian novel, and even those who do often find their true calling is to write something completely different.
Creative writing is about stories, and stories can be told through as many media and forms as we can imagine. Often the terminology we use reflects the central place books have in the writing world, but the advice in this fundamentals course is in no way limited to one kind of creative writing.
When we use the term ‘publishing’, we’re not necessarily talking about books. Your ‘readers’ may just as easily be listening to your words or watching them performed.
Want to write but don’t know how to be a writer?
Adopting the ‘writer’ label is daunting if you haven’t tried your hand at creative writing before.
A healthy writing practice starts with good writing habits, a systematic approach to cultivating ideas, and a strong grasp of the fundamentals of storytelling. This four-part introductory course is packed with information, practical exercises, and inspiration that will give you the confidence to call yourself a writer. This course is also great for writers looking to refresh their skills.
In this course, you will learn:
- How to establish a writing habit you can stick to
- How to generate ideas and find inspiration for your next project
- What stories look like under the hood, and how narratives work
- Which different creative forms and media are available to you, and how they function
- How to take a professional approach to your writing, no matter where you are in your development.
Introduction to Creative Writing is entirely self-guided, so you can progress at your own pace. Once you’ve purchased the course, the content will remain open to you permanently, meaning you can come back any time for a refresher. Course content is delivered in a series of audios, written lessons, and exercises.
How to access this course
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- Lectures 25
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 8 hours
- Skill level Beginner
- Language English
- Students 91
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes
Interesting, light intro for this newbie
This course got me writing again - which is invaluable. It is not overly comprehensive but a great opener - the modules are brief and readable (ideal for someone with limited spare time). Would have liked assessments, however, as the overview suggested. Instead, there were activities with no option to have them reviewed. Still, at that price, I have no complaints. Will look into the narrative lectures next.