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Creative Writing Class Online ~ Read to Write

This no pressure creative writing class online uses reading, writing instruction, and assignments to:

  • help writers further understand creative writing technique
  • improve creative writing skill
  • improve reading pleasure

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.

creative writing class online

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:

  • Why some words have emotional impact and others do not

  • How to use specific vowels and consonants to control pacing and create mood

  • The three main tasks required of any sentence

  • How rhythm increases sophistication and reader enjoyment

  • Why well-placed fragments improve writing

  • How theme and diction are inseparable

  • How to both "show" and "tell" effectively

  • Why paragraph density increases your chances of publication

  • Powerful techniques for opening and closing scenes

  • Failproof approaches for building and heightening suspense

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:

  • Week 1: Words
  • Week 2: Sentences
  • Week 3: Paragraphs
  • Week 4: Scenes

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.

Writing Feedback

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.

LENGTH: 4 lessons over 4 weeks

COST: $395

To begin next month, or to book ahead, REGISTER HERE. Please be sure to mention this course in the comment box along with your preferred start date.

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