Creative Writing Course

Creative Writing Course Syllabus Content

The Creative Writing Course Modules

1. Getting started


  • A voice all of your own
  • Developing a practice
  • Everyday inspiration
  • The main character
  • Come to your senses
  • What’s it all about?
  • Seeking support
  • The writer’s way

2. Writing a short story - Part 1


  • Why writers should be readers
  • What makes a story ‘short’
  • Finding inspiration for a story
  • Creative juices
  • Getting ready to write
  • Writing atmosphere
  • Time management

3. Writing a short story - Part 2


  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Theme
  • Description
  • Curing Writer’s Block
  • Finding a market

4. Your first steps to getting published– Part 1


  • What is freelancing?
  • Do you have what it takes to freelance?
  • Ways freelance writers make money
  • Where to find writing projects
  • How to bid on projects
  • Resume requirements
  • Writing markets
  • Finding the right agent

5. Writing your novel – Part 1


  • What is a 'Novel'?
  • Discovering your story
  • Plot structure: Developing your story
  • Narrative choices: Exploring the art of description

6. Writing your novel - Part 2


  • Character development
  • Point of view
  • The art of dialogue
  • Finding, expressing, and resolving conflict within the novel structure
  • Editorial discernment: Tricks of the trade
  • Drafting and revising your novel

7. Improving your style


  • Finding your writing voice
  • Creative writing ideas and inspirations
  • Develop your creativity
  • The WOW factor in writing
  • Writing practice

8. Writing for children


  • Finding your voice
  • Fiction and non-fiction
  • Picture books
  • Is rhyming for you?
  • Dealing with controversial and tricky themes
  • 5 tips for writing children’s books
  • The agent process

9. Finding a publisher


  • The major publishers
  • University/small press publishers
  • Self publishing pros and cons
  • E-books
  • Increase your chances of finding a publisher by being visible
  • How to write a query letter

10. Write memoirs – your own or someone else’s


  • What is the purpose of writing an autobiography or family memoir?
  • Gathering facts and research needed to begin writing
  • How to make the facts interesting to the reader
  • 10 ways to add impact to the life story
  • Problems in writing an autobiography or family memoir – scandals, rumours, objections of other family members
  • Weaving past and present together to relate the past events to present circumstances
  • Fill holes while maintaining the true spirit of the story
  • Editing and polishing the story
  • Publishing options for the life story

11. Publishing your own work


  • Is self-publishing right for you?
  • Print-on-Demand vs. Print Orders
  • Marketing your self-published book
  • Self-published non-fiction – Position yourself as an expert
  • Self-published fiction – Build a fan base
  • Getting your book in the store
  • Getting articles and reviews
  • Secrets of the best self-published authors

12. Your first steps to getting published – Part 2


  • Time management
  • Projecting a professional image
  • Creating a home office
  • Contact basics

13. Write a successful screenplay


  • What’s the story
  • From concept to script
  • Building your characters
  • Three act dramatic structures
  • Character arc and premise
  • Plot points, climax, and resolution
  • Build it visually
  • A scene outline
  • Formatting
  • Avoiding pitfalls

14. Writing articles for newspapers and magazines


  • Style
  • Finding topics
  • The feature
  • The editorial
  • The news story
  • Interview process
  • Web vs. Print (media styles)
  • Editing your article
  • Finding a market
  • Knowing your rights
  • Selling tips

15. Become a non-fiction author


  • What is non-fiction?
  • Refining your subject
  • Developing your subject
  • The fact filter: What to include
  • Finding a form
  • Getting at truth
  • Narrative voice
  • Anonymity vs. Authenticity
  • Editing your work
  • Revising your work of non-fiction

16. How to write better poetry


  • Elements of Poetry
  • Minding the details: You can’t see it, unless you see it.
  • The Free-write
  • Paring Down, burning away
  • Revise, Revise, Revise
  • Grounding a poem in the senses
  • Poems as monologues
  • Poetry of address
  • Creating poems in sequence

17. Writing romantic fiction


  • Elements to consider and writing tips
  • How plot, characters, dialogue and description come together
  • Getting a deal and things to consider before accepting a contract
  • Why writing the book is 10% of the work - tips on publicity

18. Doing research for your writing


  • Knowing your subject
  • Research on the net
  • Research in libraries
  • Research by interview
  • Research – your own books and resources
  • Researching faster
  • Fee-based sources of research

19. Your first steps to getting published – Part 3


  • The going rate
  • Calculating overheads
  • Your personalised hourly rate

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