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.
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.
By Victoria C L•
Jan 15, 2017
Good course (I did the free version, full disclosure). Learned enough about character development to help me with my fiction - and non-fiction. I teach creative nonfiction and you need to understand how to make the people you use compelling. Wish there was more exposition, factual step-by-step and less interviewing. Liked the Plot class better for that reason
By Inés K•
Jan 05, 2019
I found this course a little less enthralling than the other three, mostly due to the fact that the videos lacked the interactive element that the other courses had, and due to the fact that there was a lot of repetition in what was being said. Contents was interesting, and I loved the assignments, but the whole thing lacked a little pep.
By Angela F•
Sep 07, 2016
I liked the course -- there were plenty of useful tips throughout. However, I felt some of the assignments were unnecessarily oblique and complicated (particularly the second assignment). Ultimately, it was a helpful course, though I feel much of the information, expectation, and specific instruction could be more streamlined.
By Elisabeth S•
Dec 28, 2019
Some really good inputs on creating characters (and on creating the voice of the narrator), as well as creating the tone of a piece of writing in general. I found the writing tasks quite challenging, but they also offer great insights, especially in terms of the possibilities of which point of view to write from.
By Cat B•
Feb 17, 2018
Well-organized and well-structured, good examples, multiple perspectives from practicing writers. The content on character development, the role of dialog and action in revealing characters, and POV/voice would be most helpful for novice writers (but perhaps also for experienced writers!)
By Federico B S•
May 30, 2018
Character is one of the most difficult aspects of fiction writing and I think this course does a good job of getting you to understand it. It would definitely benefit from some additional mandatory readings. Parts of James Wood's How Fiction Works would be right on the money.
By Sougandh P•
Apr 18, 2020
The course helped me put the learning to practice. The course helped me start writing and also engage in reviewing the peers which helped me broaden my interest and also helped me understand the quality and style of writing that other students of the same field have.
By Paul Z•
Oct 08, 2018
Good videos. Lots of material for consideration. Good assignments! I really enjoyed stretching my comfort zone a bit . Particularly in the last exercise. Jumping from 1st Person to Omniscient POV. Had not given point of view so much brain time!!
By Melissa C•
Mar 18, 2016
Great insight into character, voice and connecting with our story. The professor also references books that can be read to further our understanding. The only drawback is that auditing students cannot participate in feedback on assignments.
By Darci C•
Jun 01, 2016
Prof. Bloom was very interesting to watch and listen to. The course was well organized and free of technical issues, but it didn't seem quite as thorough a discussion of the topic as the plot course was. Very close to 5 stars.
By Gaby S•
Apr 26, 2020
This course covers every aspect of building a character for a beginner to understand how this world works. I would have loved a bit of more readings with examples of what was being taught to us. But overall, really good course.
By Eve B•
Dec 02, 2017
I really enjoyed the lectures of the course and found Amy Bloom to be an informative and relatable writer and lecturer. The assignments were a bit odd, in my opinion, but maybe that's the way writing assignments are in general?
By Noha D•
Nov 08, 2017
Good course, i have learned few very useful concepts, thanks to Amy.
The last assignment was genius, helped us to really recognize differences between two POV,.
However, first assignments were a little bit confusing.
By Andrea G G•
May 06, 2020
The course improved my skills on writing the stories from different perspectives and points of view. It pretty much complement the other course about plot. I am very satisfied with the things I've learnt so far.
By Jane D•
Jul 31, 2019
I enjoyed the lectures, but perhaps there could be more examples in writing. Like parts of stories we could read, especially with idiosyncrasies. I felt like I needed to see those things in action, on paper.
Mar 15, 2016
I enjoyed Amy Bloom's guidelines and am keen to create some well rounded characters. Thank you for enabling me to follow along without having to pay ( no evaluation of the assignments).
By lisa r•
Jun 17, 2016
This course was very interesting and the assignments were good. I thought it relied too much on conversations with other authors but overall it was enjoyable and I learned new skills.
By S. J W•
Mar 20, 2016
I do not understand why these courses over lap. I finished #2 today, tried to start #3 but found that I had 10 hours to complete the first weeks assignment? Who is in charge out there?
By Mohammad S•
Jun 25, 2017
The assignments tend to be very confusing, I understand that they make sense for making characters, the difficulty might just be with the characters, but they are quite confusing.
By Tomilyn R•
Sep 30, 2018
Coursera technology should improve since many people don't take the critiques seriously, and there's no way to measure someone who just writes 'yes' in every box.
By Kimberly F•
Aug 22, 2019
I liked this class, but would have gotten more out of it had there been less conversation videos. I like some direct lecture to cement new knowledge.
By Kaitlyn B•
Aug 08, 2019
This was a good course that helped me broaden my POV writing style, though the assignments were difficult to do, and one was difficult to understand.
By Keith G•
Oct 03, 2019
I found the content useful but was irritated by how parochial the references to other writers were. There is a big wide world outside of the USA!
By Geoff N•
Feb 27, 2017
A well thought out course that was very illuminating. Not sure about the complexity of week 2's assignment, but overall good value.
By Catalina v w•
Oct 17, 2019
I found this course less informative than the Craft of Plot. A lot of the assignments seemed to have little to do with the videos.