Course Contents

Intro

Course Introduction

Watch your video guide, Érin Geraghty, introducing this course and explaining the creative writing journey through which she'll be guiding you.

Course Introduction

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Unit 1

Unit 1: Free your Imagination

Start your journey in a pain-free way with motivational tips, advice about getting into the writing habit, and lots of activity ideas for filling up your own personal, online journal.

Unit 1: Free your Imagination

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Unit 2

Unit 2: Image

Discover how words paint the pictures inspired by your imagination and how sensuous, detailed imagery and figures of speech will enrich your writing and engage your readers by 'showing' rather than 'telling'.

Unit 2: Image

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Unit 3

Unit 3: Voice and Character

Find out about diction, persona, irony, point of view and other concepts tied to narrative voice, before getting to know characters: their desires, appearance, action, thought, conflict, voice and dialogue.

Unit 3: Voice and Character

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Unit 4

Unit 4: Setting

Explore ideas about time and place (seeing setting as the world and a camera, as well as mood and conflict), followed by 'Picturing the Scene' activities in which you'll immerse yourself in urban, natural and domestic settings.

Unit 4: Setting

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Unit 5

Unit 5: Story and Plot

Take your journal ideas to the next level by considering stories as journey, struggle and connection and disconnection, followed by a quick look at genres, and then plotting your own creative piece with various storytelling devices.

Unit 5: Story and Plot

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Unit 6

Unit 6: Developing, Revising and Publishing

Learn tricks for turning your ideas into drafts, including structuring and researching, and then advice about revising and editing those drafts, getting insights from workshops, and finally self-publishing and generally getting your words read.

Unit 6: Developing, Revising and Publishing

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