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Creative Writing Basics

Course CodeSGW2
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

Learn about the different types of creative writing - including new forms of writing such as creative non-fiction.  Study methodolgy and techniques of creative writing - develop your skills and how you can apply these to a career.


 

 

Course Content

LESSON 1 SCOPE AND NATURE OF CREATIVE WRITING 

  • Definitions of creative writing.
  • Plots in creative writing.
  • To be or not to be - creative.
  • Characteristics of a creative writer.
  • Oral storytelling.
  • Types of creative writing.
  • The personality of the creative writer.
  • Review what you have been learning.


LESSON 2 METHODOLOGY AND TECHNIQUE - THE BRICKS & MORTAR OF WRITING

  • Methodology.
  • Time management.
  • Keeping notebooks.
  • Using formulas.
  • Writing the novel.
  • Writing techniques.
  • How to frame time.
  • Constructing a timeline.
  • Objectivity and subjectivity.
  • Ordered versus disordered messages.
  • Plotting a story.
  • Conflict and obstacles.
  • Point of view.
  • Capturing attention.
  • Developing your characters.
  • The end of your story.
  • Writing creative non-fiction articles.
  • Writing dialogue.
  • Script writing.
  • Writing news scripts.
  • Review what you have been learning.


LESSON 3 GENRES
  • Children’s books.
  • Fantasy writing.
  • Crime fiction.
  • Poetry.
  • Science fiction.
  • Romance and relationship writing.
  • Commercial genres.
  • Creative marketing.
  • Non-fiction writing.
  • Which genre?
  • Review what you have been learning.


LESSON 4 CREATIVE NON-FICTION 

  • Defining creative non-fiction.
  • Literary journalism.
  • Tips to write creative non-fiction.
  • Examples of creative non-fiction.
  • Picking your specialist areas.
  • Review what you have been learning.


LESSON 5 CREATIVE WRITING TECHNIQUES

  • Rhythm of the story (peaks and troughs).
  • Landmark events.
  • Crisis – Conflict – Resolution.
  • Exaggerating reality.
  • Escapism.
  • Paradox.
  • Metaphors and similes.
  • Imagery.
  • Language.
  • Review what you have been learning.


LESSON 6 DEVELOPING YOUR SKILL, BUILDING YOUR CAREER

  • Choosing a genre or area of specialism.
  • Research.
  • Where do writers get inspiration? 
  • Resources.
  • Writer’s block.
  • Writing & the law.
  • Submitting work for publication.
  • Self-publishing.
  • Print versus electronic publishing.
  • Distributing & selling your work.
  • Grants for writing.
  • Obtaining a contract.
  • Continuity of contracts.
  • Glossary – the meaning of words.
  • Review what you have been learning.


Final assessment