Become a Better, More Creative Writer

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Become a Better, More Creative Writer

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Become a Better, More Creative Writer

Many of us harbour a fantasy about being a creative writer, but what do we really mean by that? If we were to divide writing into two broad categories these would usually be fiction and non-fiction. Most people would consider creative writing to fall under the category of fiction, and indeed it usually does. In recent years however, a new genre of writing known as creative non-fiction has emerged in which the goal is to write a factual account which reads like fiction, but which utilises literary techniques. Creative non-fiction might be regarded as a hybrid between fiction and non-fiction.

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Become a Better, More Creative Writer

Many of us harbour a fantasy about being a creative writer, but what do we really mean by that? If we were to divide writing into two broad categories these would usually be fiction and non-fiction. Most people would consider creative writing to fall under the category of fiction, and indeed it usually does. In recent years however, a new genre of writing known as creative non-fiction has emerged in which the goal is to write a factual account which reads like fiction, but which utilises literary techniques. Creative non-fiction might be regarded as a hybrid between fiction and non-fiction.

What is covered in this course?

LESSON 1 SCOPE AND NATURE OF CREATIVE WRITING

  • Definitions of creative writing

  • Plots in creative writing

  • To be or not to be - creative

  • Characteristics of a creative writer

  • Oral storytelling

  • Types of creative writing

  • The personality of the creative writer

  • Review what you have been learning

LESSON 2 METHODOLOGY AND TECHNIQUE - THE BRICKS & MORTAR OF WRITING

  • Methodology

  • Time management

  • Keeping notebooks

  • Using formulas

  • Writing the novel

  • Writing techniques

  • How to frame time

  • Constructing a timeline

  • Objectivity and subjectivity

  • Ordered versus disordered messages

  • Plotting a story

  • Conflict and obstacles

  • Point of view

  • Capturing attention

  • Developing your characters

  • The end of your story

  • Writing creative non-fiction articles

  • Writing dialogue

  • Script writing

  • Writing news scripts

  • Review what you have been learning

LESSON 3 GENRES

  • Children’s books

  • Fantasy writing

  • Crime fiction

  • Poetry

  • Science fiction

  • Romance and relationship writing

  • Commercial genres

  • Creative marketing

  • Non-fiction writing

  • Which genre?

  • Review what you have been learning

LESSON 4 CREATIVE NON-FICTION

  • Defining creative non-fiction

  • Literary journalism

  • Tips to write creative non-fiction

  • Examples of creative non-fiction

  • Picking your specialist areas

  • Review what you have been learning

LESSON 5 CREATIVE WRITING TECHNIQUES

  • Rhythm of the story (peaks and troughs)

  • Landmark events

  • Crisis – Conflict – Resolution

  • Exaggerating reality

  • Escapism

  • Paradox

  • Metaphors and similes

  • Imagery

  • Language

  • Review what you have been learning

LESSON 6 DEVELOPING YOUR SKILL, BUILDING YOUR CAREER

  • Choosing a genre or area of specialism

  • Research

  • Where do writers get inspiration?

  • Resources

  • Writer’s block

  • Writing & the law

  • Submitting work for publication

  • Self-publishing

  • Print versus electronic publishing

  • Distributing & selling your work

  • Grants for writing

  • Obtaining a contract

  • Continuity of contracts

  • Glossary – the meaning of words

  • Review what you have been learning

  • Final assessment for lesson