Creative Writing Class Online ~ Read to Write
This no pressure creative writing class online uses reading, writing instruction, and assignments to:
Any successful writer will agree that reading well precedes writing well. The ability to read carefully is the writer's secret weapon.
Fine writing, like good music, is immediately recognizable, even to the average reader with an untrained ear and no creative writing instruction. Strong sentences and paragraphs have
impact and stir emotions in readers. Arriving at such well-polished prose need not be a source of puzzlement.
Exquisite writing looks effortless but more
often is the result of careful final editing over several drafts, the equivalent of sanding a piece of wood with ever-finer sandpaper. This creative writing class, online to accommodate
your schedule, will help dispel the mysteries of well structured, well-polished prose.
All good writing has at its roots exceptional words, sentences, paragraphs and scenes, used in specific ways to create original writing.
Look closely at any book, and you will discern
skillful patterns. Through reading and analyzing, interesting creative writing techniques become visible in ways you may not have noticed in the past.
Understanding what makes writing exceptional is the first step to writing exceptionally yourself.
What You'll Learn
During this creative writing class online, you will discover:
And much more. An ability to recognize the complex creative writing techniques used in memorable writing is empowering, and as pleasurable as learning to discern the
sound of each instrument in an orchestra.
For writers, close observation and analysis of literature is an essential skill, sometimes only barely developed in high school or college literature classes. Many will find that a writerly
examination of literature is not only instructive, but endlessly fascinating. Elevated writing is the bonus.
What to Expect
Before we begin the creative writing class, if you do not yet have a free gmail account, please open one to use for the duration
of the course, as materials are disseminated through the Google platform. This is a simple process, and if you need instructions for opening an account, just ask; I will provide them.
The course lasts four weeks. Every week I post a link to one of four lessons, beginning on the first Sunday of your starting month. Each lesson consists of readings, questions, and exercises, covering in this order:
Each lesson draws your attention to elements in various excerpts that will aid your understanding of how fine writing is assembled. You are shown by example what
to do, rather than what not to do.
At the end of the creative writing lessons, to demonstrate what you have learned, you may submit up to 3000 words (approximately 10 pages) for detailed feedback. This submission
is optional, as the focus of the instruction is always on taking pleasure in the process, rather than on forcing anything.
With the ability to look closely at fine literature, anyone can take his or her writing to a higher level and produce powerful scenes with emotional impact. I look forward to
sharing this passion and pleasure with you.
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