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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Creative Writing: The Craft of Character by Wesleyan University

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About the Course

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. We will learn how to use our own life experiences, and the people we know (and how not to!). We will develop inner (thoughts and feelings) and outer (appearance, habits, behavior) lives for our characters and see how that can lead us to richer and more interesting stories. We will breathe life into our characters and let them surprise us....

Top reviews

SS

Aug 11, 2016

I loved this course! Extremely useful and hands on. The course instructor was really impressive, both informative and empathetic, both arty and to the point. Totally admired her style of instruction.

ND

Aug 08, 2016

Excellent teaching, be aware the meat of this course is in the interviews. If you read and watch them then the assignments are self-explanatory. The discussion boards were however a disappointment.

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By Rochelle S

Aug 25, 2016

Just as good as the others in the Creative Writing specialization. Try them all!

By Reginald P R

May 16, 2020

Really enjoyed the course. Great instructor with in-depth material. I loved it.

By Sarah A

Nov 11, 2019

This is a good opportunity to practice various ways of developing a character.

By Shirley B

Nov 02, 2018

Excellent course - I have learned so much. Thank you to the awesome teachers

By Evita K

May 17, 2018

It's very insightful and beautiful. Helped me hear and become my characters.

By Alan F

Dec 27, 2017

Course addresses one of my fundamental weaknesses in writing. Helped a lot.

By Dr. M S K

Jun 10, 2020

The best and the simplest way in making the best author out of a person !!

By Goher I P

Nov 18, 2017

It was simply wonderful and awesome course. Amy is a fantastic instructor.

By Charlotte M R F

Sep 25, 2016

Wondeful information on creating characters and breathing life into them.

By SHERIN K T

Jul 20, 2020

i Loved the course and would recommend it to people who loves writing.

By José A C R

Apr 13, 2017

A good course with many recommendations on how to build a character.

By Janet W

Aug 15, 2016

I absolutely LOVE this course! Thank you so much for offering them.

By joseph d r

Aug 07, 2020

Great instructor. Very helpful conversations and guest interviews!

By Shubham H

Apr 30, 2020

The character understanding was interpreted in-depth. Great Course.

By Divesh D

May 02, 2020

Loved the course. Highly recommend this to all aspiring writers!

By Kelly C

Jul 20, 2016

simple easy but not that easy

Assignment tho it's good for you

By Florence L

Apr 29, 2020

Good class. Assignment could be more precise (number of words).

By Dima M M R

Oct 18, 2017

Very challenging, pushes your ability and limits of creativity

By Eline L

Jun 20, 2020

Great course. I certainly learned a lot.

Thank you Coursera!

By Johanne L L

Jun 08, 2016

Amazing teacher, wonderful content - incredibly recommended!

By Heather F R

Aug 13, 2016

Excellent course. Looking forward to starting the next one.

By Marianna M

Mar 26, 2016

One of the better and most in-depth courses in this field.

By Leo J R

Oct 29, 2018

Nicely done Weslyan! Well paced, interesting assignments.

By Cora B

Apr 02, 2016

Enjoyed building my characters as the course progressed.

By Javier S C V

Nov 03, 2019

Thanks! I liked so much. The exercises were awesome!