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Subtitles: English, French

Skills you will gain

Short Story WritingFiction WritingCreativityCopy Editing

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Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Plotting a Course

4 videos (Total 26 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
How Plot Works in Harry Potter8m
Character + Action = Plot7m
Feedback Expectations for the Specialization2m
2 readings
A Note on Assignments1m
Promo Codes3m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

The Power of Structure

3 videos (Total 22 min), 1 quiz
3 videos
ABDCE Structure Examples from Famous Works of Literature7m
Visiting Writer: A Conversation with Douglas Martin7m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

A Scene in Motion

3 videos (Total 27 min), 1 quiz
3 videos
Examples of Effective Scenes8m
Shop Talk with Amity Gaige10m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Cut It Out

4 videos (Total 32 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
Shop Talk with Amy Bloom10m
Shop Talk with Salvatore Scibona10m
The 21st Point3m
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Top reviews from Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot

By MMDec 1st 2016

Great course to take as the first step in the sequence of the "Creative Writing" certification. Exercises are fun, professor provides useful methodology, load is manageable for someone with a day job.

By LBNov 16th 2018

Great information about plot and scene structure. The information about revision was entirely new to me - thank you! The exercises were good and difficult in a good way that helped me hone my writing.

Instructor

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Brando Skyhorse

Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
English

About Wesleyan University

At Wesleyan, distinguished scholar-teachers work closely with students, taking advantage of fluidity among disciplines to explore the world with a variety of tools. The university seeks to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty, and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit. ...

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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