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English
Subtitles: English, French

Skills you will gain

Short Story WritingFiction WritingCreativityCopy Editing

Learner Career Outcomes

55%

started a new career after completing these courses

48%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

15%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Approx. 10 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, French

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Plotting a Course

3 hours to complete
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

Week 2

2 hours to complete

The Power of Structure

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

Week 3

2 hours to complete

A Scene in Motion

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

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Cut It Out

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 32 min)
4 videos
Shop Talk with Amy Bloom10m
Shop Talk with Salvatore Scibona10m
The 21st Point3m

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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

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