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There are 10 lessons in this course:

1.         Introduction

•        What is creative writing

•        What’s different about creative writing

•        Information and creativity

•        Creative genres

•        Forms of Writing

•        Form

•        Structure

•        Purpose

•        Creative Writing resources

•        What is needed for success

•        The business of writing

•        Getting published

•        Self publishing

•        Vanity publishing

•        Terminology.

 

2.         Basic Creative Writing Skills

•        Words and their proper use

•        Types of language

•        Informative language

•        Persuasive language

•        Imaginative language

•        Literal language

•        Figurative language

•        Formal language

•        Colloquial language

•        Parts of language (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions,

          plurals, possessive nouns & pronouns, gender, adjectives, articles)

•        Common grammatical errors (fragmented sentences, run on

          sentences, comma splices, dangling modifiers).

•        Run on sentences

•        Irregular verbs

•        Whom or who

•        Pronouns and Antecedents

•        Punctuation

•        Creating and critiquing

•        Generating ideas

•        Developing ideas

•        Narrative theory

•        Storyline

•        Narrative structure

•        Settings or scenes

•        Mood or atmosphere

•        Time

•        Voice

•        Point of view

•        Creative reading.

 

3.         Using Consise Clear Language

•        Slice of life fiction

•        Conciseness and Succinctness

•        Understanding ambiguity

•        Causes of ambiguity

•        Doubt and ambiguity

•        Hinge points and ambiguity

•        Defamiliarisation.

 

4.         Planning What You Write

•        Writing routine

•        Establishing a theme

•        Organising ideas

•        Paragraphing

•        Writing a synopsis

•        Titles

•        Developing objectives.

 

5.         Writing Fiction

•        Elements

•        Clues

•        Signs

•        Common errors

•        Scope or Range

•        Theme problems

•        Authenticity problems

•        Tone problems.

 

6.         Writing Non-fiction

•        Creative non fiction

•        Scope

•        Developing ideas

•        Narration

•        Story line

•        Deduction

•        Induction

•        Classical Development

•        Chronological development

•        Analogy

•        Cause and effect

•        Classification

•        Comparison and contrast

•        Definition

•        Analysis

•        Developing a profile

•        Interviews.

 

7.         Newspaper Writing

•        What to write

•        Scope

•        News values

•        Writing guidelines

•        Regular columns

•        Fillers.

 

8.         Writing for Magazines

•        Scope of magazine writing

•        What publishers want

•        Magazine articles

•        Travel writing

•        Writing for public relations

•        Selling your work.

 

9.         Writing Books

•        Themes

•        Consistency

•        Believability

•        Variety

•        Getting started

•        Getting a contract

•        Book publishing

•        Non fiction books

•        Fact finding.

 

10.      Special Project

•        Organising a portfolio to sell yourself.

 

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


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