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

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About the Course

In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most elemental and often the most challenging element of story: plot. We will learn what keeps it moving, how it manipulates our feelings, expectations, and desires. We will examine the choices storytellers make to snag our imaginations, drag them into a fictional world, and keep them there. We will learn how to outline and structure a plot, discuss narrative arc, pacing and reversals and reveal the inevitable surprise: connecting the beginning, middle and end....

Top reviews

Nov 30, 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.

Nov 15, 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.

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By Elisa G A F

Sep 1, 2020

Loved it! I learned a lot about structure and character development. I can tell I improved my writing.

By Marileen S

May 4, 2020

Thank you. I really learnt a lot and I can actually see the difference this course made in my writing.

By Fernanda B

Sep 22, 2017

Thank you very much! I'll go on with all the courses! It is being great! I learnt a lot with that one!

By Ольга О

Jun 12, 2016

Thank you very much! I was enjoying this course and I hope that I will be enjoying all specialization.

By Masooma Z

Oct 5, 2020

This was an amazing experience and I will highly recommend this course to all my peers.

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By Apryl E

Sep 3, 2020

Enjoyed the course content including the course assignments which encouraged and challenged students

By Chimfeka A O

Jul 24, 2020

It was a fantastic blend of lessons and engagement with peers, facilitated by authentic teachers too!

By Liz E H

Jun 26, 2016

Muy buen curso. Aprendi muchisimas cosas utiles que ahora hacen que mis historias se entiendan mejor.

By Snow M

Jul 11, 2021

Special thanks to our professor Mr. Brando Skyhorse for guiding me and providing useful instuctions.

By Kevin J

Jun 2, 2020

It was a great course for beginners! I would have liked it if it had more examples from other books.

By Cristofer C L

Jun 28, 2016

Brando Skyhorse is an excellent teacher, and the course becomes more and more challenging as you go.

By Gregory W C

Mar 13, 2016

Exceptional clarity and with real life tools and inspirational, lively, all too short, presentation.

By Angelina R P

Sep 9, 2021

F​antastic course! I didn't know I had the ability to write until I learnt the structure of a plot.

By Parikshit H

May 20, 2021

The lectures are very insightful and easy to follow. I've enjoyed all the videos and writing tasks.

By Dillon M

Nov 16, 2020

Very fun and informative in a simplified and thought provoking way. Brando is a really good mentor.

By stefany p v r

Oct 12, 2020

me gusto bastante como explica los temas y que da ejemplos para entender mejor a lo que se refiere.

By Francesca O

Sep 9, 2020

this was very helpful, I definitely learned how to improve my story structure in creative writing !

By Jamila S

Apr 29, 2020

I loved this course and learned so much. I particularly liked Brando's style. Unhurried and gentle.

By Amy M

Mar 29, 2021

I am already an established writer and I took this course to learn something new. I certainly did.

By Chintakayala R s

Feb 1, 2021

I have learned so much from this course which I have don't know. So,I loved this course very much.


Aug 19, 2020

The course is great!!! It makes you understand what a plot actually is and how can you develop one

By Aashita G N

Apr 18, 2020

It is an amazing course that you definitely help you become an avant-garde writer in the long run!

By heather g

Apr 13, 2020

I absolutely loved this class. I learned a lot and my writing is improving with every step I take.

By Didimo E G T

Jul 8, 2019

Great! I am loving these courses and learning so much. Definitely recommend each of these courses.

By Margot R M

Jun 8, 2016

Thought this more than useful in relation to plot and how conversation should move the story along