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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 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 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 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!

By Hana H

Dec 22, 2018

Very good course for everyone interested in writing

By Aniketh B

May 29, 2020

Loved the Course. Thank you for all the resources.

By Srinivas R

Jun 26, 2017

Helped me build and develop exciting characters.

By Hilal I

Nov 05, 2017

amy bloom, thank you, thank you, thank you 🙏

By Claudia M

Jun 28, 2018

I loved the course and the Professor Hosting

By Judy W W J

Nov 27, 2018

Great course that exceeded my expectations.

By Denise F

Aug 07, 2018

Learned a lot! Love Amy Bloom's teaching.

By Ajay C

Nov 16, 2017

Very interesting lectures and assignments.