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Dec 12th 2016

At the center of a good story are the characters in it. In this course aspiring writers will discover how to build and bring to life complex, vivid and unforgettable characters. We will study the choices a writer makes to bring all characters to life on the page, and we will perform written exercises in order to develop a variety of writing and pre-writing techniques, in order to create a variety of characters.

Average: 6.8 (17 votes)
Dec 5th 2016

In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most elemental and often the most challenging element of story: plot. We will learn what keeps it moving, how it manipulates our feelings, expectations, and desires. We will examine the choices storytellers make to snag our imaginations, drag them into a fictional world, and keep them there. We will learn how to outline and structure a plot, discuss narrative arc, pacing and reversals and reveal the inevitable surprise: connecting the beginning, middle and end.

Average: 6 (1 vote)
Dec 5th 2016

Your style is as unique and distinctive as your face, your voice, except that you can choose it, you can can work on it, enhance it. In this course we will introduce aspiring writers to the art of putting pressure on written language. We will study the use of metaphor and imagery, and demonstrate how clarity, grace, and inventiveness in word choice are imperative to a story’s success. Writers will emerge with the revision skills essential to all writers of good stories and good prose.

Average: 2.9 (27 votes)
Dec 5th 2016

In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to the techniques that masters of fiction use to ground a story in a concrete world. From the most realist settings to the most fantastical, writers will learn how to describe the physical world in sharp, sensory detail. We will also learn how to build credibility through research, and to use creative meditation exercises to deepen our own understanding of our story worlds, so that our readers can see all that we imagine.

Average: 5.4 (17 votes)
Sep 12th 2016

This free online course explores the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of screenwriting. Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films, the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter’s desk. This free online course will introduce you to the basic elements and key concepts behind a professional screenplay.

Average: 7.7 (3 votes)
Self Paced

Have you always dreamed of starting a book but have never had the courage? Have you started a book but are becoming hopeless? Do you enjoy creative writing? Do you want to polish your skills at creative writing? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this course is got you! It will get you started on the basics of writing a story, including character development, setting, plot, editing, and more.

Average: 5.5 (48 votes)
Jun 28th 2014

An interactive study of the practice of writing poetry. The course centers on short craft lectures from 22 accomplished poets, including U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Kwame Dawes, Marvin Bell, Kiki Petrosino, and Kate Greenstreet. Participants will have the opportunity to submit their poems for online workshopping and to join in round-the-clock discussion with fellow poets and enthusiasts around the world.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Nov 3rd 2013

This is a four week session guiding learners through the basics of writing a novel in honor of National Novel Writing Month.

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