Creative Writing Interactive

Course Synopsis

There are many components to the art of being a great writer, from the ability to get into someone else’s head or the craft of maintaining a feeling of suspense to the straightforward nuts-and-bolts skills of writing convincing dialogue or punctuating correctly.

This course will introduce you to the art of creative writing through the exploration and critical analysis of a wide variety of genres. By considering the different styles and methods employed by these genres, you will be shown how you can hone your own creative writing skills.

 

What’s Included?

Portal

Presentations

Certificate

Personal Profile

Interactive Tutorials

Quizzes and Exams

Certificates

 

Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying creative writing at university, exploring a wide range of writers, texts, and genres to encourage students to improve their own creative writing style.


Aims and Objectives

  • To understand what it is to be a "creative" writer
  • To examine the different writing techniques employed across different genres
  • To explore how these techniques can be employed to suit one's own creative writing style

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Come up with their own pieces of creative writing, based on the techniques acquired
  • Critically analyse different genres of writing, examining the different techniques used
  • Appreciate the complexities of genre, and the fact that genre is rarely fixed

Syllabus

All courses include the following Interactive Tutorial series

Tutorial 1

Diaries, Biographies, and Autobiographies

1-1.5 hours

This tutorial encourages you to remember that all writers are initially readers, and so it recommends that you read a wide variety of texts in different styles in order to get a feel for the diverse forms of written text that exist. The tutorial will then move on to discuss particular forms of creative writing, namely: the diary, the autobiography, and the biography.

Tutorial 2

Narrative Voices and Style

1-1.5 hours

This tutorial will introduce you to the concepts of person and voice. In an attempt to underline the importance of these literary notions within written texts, it will consider the use of these concepts within the context of well-known novels and plays. It will then move on to explore clichés, conventions, and formulae within the novel genre before ending with a section that is designed to improve your critical awareness of different forms of text.

Tutorial 3

Plot, Character, and Dialogue

1-1.5 hours

This tutorial will consider the creative provenance of a piece of written text. One literary commentator has famously argued that there are only 7 basic plots in the whole of the literary canon. In light of this argument, is it possible to create a truly unique piece of text? And what makes a good piece of creative writing – abiding by these set rules or consciously deviating from them? This tutorial will attempt to answer these questions.

Tutorial 4

Poetic and Other Devices

1-1.5 hours

This tutorial will begin by taking a look at the concept of defamiliarisation, that is, looking at and describing familiar things but from a completely different perspective. It will then move on to consider the effects of satire and parody before examining the relationship between form and content. The tutorial will end the course by providing you with some information on creative writing courses that are offered by universities in the UK.

What’s Included?

All courses contain the following elements:

Interactive Tutorials
Online Quizzes
Access to the discussion forum
Access to all course resources
Certificate of completion

Key Details

Course Pre-Requisites Advanced/fluent level of English
Enthusiasm for English language and literature
Course Level For students applying/thinking of applying to university to study language or literature
This is an area-specific course, designed to help students broaden their knowledge of English language and literature
Difficulty level: Easy
Fees £29.99
Workload 4 - 6 hours
Further independent study is encouraged

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