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Learner Career Outcomes

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started a new career after completing these courses

50%

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Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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Approx. 10 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Arabic

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Discovering Characters from Your Life and Elsewhere

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 34 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
The Conflict Within (Shop Talk with Brando Skyhorse)8m
Desire and Goals8m
Hearing, Selecting, and Seeing6m
Feedback Expectations for the Specialization2m
2 readings
A Note on Assignments10m
Promo Codes10m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Creating Characters on the Page

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 35 min)
4 videos
Voice6m
Making Them Matter to the Reader (with Visiting Writer Dani Shapiro)12m
The Story Reveals Who We Are (Shop Talk with Salvatore Scibona)8m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Dialogue and Monologue

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 28 min)
4 videos
Picking Your Point of View (Shop Talk with Amity Gaige)8m
Conversation's Greatest Hits6m
Idiosyncrasies5m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Set Your Characters Free.. and Give Them Somewhere to Go

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 27 min)
4 videos
The Relationship Between the Character and the Wide World (with Visiting Writer Valerie Martin)10m
Voice of Narrator6m
Voice of Narrative5m

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About the Creative Writing Specialization

This Specialization covers elements of three major creative writing genres: short story, narrative essay, and memoir. You will master the techniques that good writers use to compose a bracing story, populated with memorable characters in an interesting setting, written in a fresh descriptive style. You will analyze and constructively evaluate peer writing. In the Capstone, you will draft, rewrite, and complete a substantial original story in the genre of your choosing. Our courses are designed for anyone from the aspiring short story writer to established novelist. Whether you have a finished novel sitting on your desk calling for a fresh look or have had the germ of an idea for a decade, this Specialization gives you tools to achieve your goal. Through 4 courses focused on a key aspect of writing, and taken in any order you choose, you will develop a stronger ability to not only refine your writing, but critique writing in general and find inspiration in the works you are already reading. Thanks to our sponsors, upon completion of their first assignment, learners in each course will receive up to an 80% discount from Write-Bros and a 30% discount off their first purchase from Scrivener to use on their writing software. Additionally, learners who complete an assignment will receive 30% off membership at the online writing community Scribophile. For more information about our partners, see the FAQ below....
Creative Writing

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