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Specialization
100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Introduction to the Capstone and Gathering Materials

This week we lay out the agenda of the Capstone—seven weeks of structured work in which you’ll proceed from your accumulated notes and exercises to a finished piece: Your Story. We discuss the upcoming sequence of critiques of your fellow students’s work and you assemble the materials for your first draft....
Reading
3 videos (Total 14 min), 2 readings
Video3 videos
The Elements of Story3m
Gathering Materials2m
Reading2 readings
Specialization Survey10m
Specialization Promo Codes10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Composition Strategies

Having gathered all your scraps, notes, research, exercises into one place, you now get moving on the first draft. Through interviews with Jaimy Gordon and Amy Bloom, we discuss composition strategies—the different ways different writers have approached the blank page and how they get moving toward a coherent whole....
Reading
5 videos (Total 36 min)
Video5 videos
Interview with Amy Bloom, pt. 111m
Interview with Amy Bloom, pt. 26m
Interview with Jaimy Gordon15m
Working on a First Draft1m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Finishing the First Draft

Compose, compose, compose. This week is devoted completely to pushing through that crucial deadline: finishing your first draft by the end of the week. As you compose, you’ll get some advice from successful Wesleyan alumni writers who have gone from where you are to published books out there in the world....
Reading
6 videos (Total 27 min), 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Una LaMarche10m
Lin-Manuel Miranda1m
Ayelet Waldman5m
Becky Albertalli6m
First Draft2m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Peer Review

Now that you’ve finished your first draft, it’s time to get ready for the first big peer review. This week we’ll talk about how to give good critique, and we’ll present a sample story and sample workshop. At the end of the week, you’ll write critiques of three of your fellow students’ work while they are busy critiquing yours....
Reading
4 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading
Video4 videos
Workshop Demonstration, pt. 112m
Workshop Demonstration, pt. 219m
Three Peer Reviews1m
Reading1 reading
Manuscript for Workshop Demonstration10m
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Top Reviews

By PMJul 7th 2017

This has been a wonderful opportunity and journey, one of learning how to tap into innate skills of creativity, inspiration and penmanship. Thank you.

By MHAug 2nd 2017

The resources have been great tools to help design and finish a polished piece. A great course for all kinds of creative writers!

Instructor

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Salvatore Scibona

Frank B. Weeks Visiting Professor of 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....
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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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