About this Specialization

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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.
Learner Career Outcomes
58%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
22%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
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Beginner Level
Approx. 6 months to complete
Suggested 1 hour/week
English
Learner Career Outcomes
58%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
22%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 6 months to complete
Suggested 1 hour/week
English

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot

4.7
stars
3,309 ratings
1,108 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Creative Writing: The Craft of Character

4.5
stars
1,462 ratings
421 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Creative Writing: The Craft of Setting and Description

4.7
stars
1,045 ratings
317 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Creative Writing: The Craft of Style

4.7
stars
866 ratings
246 reviews

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