CREATIVE WRITING – Distance learning course
ACS Distance Education
Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education
The ten lessons (plus a project) are as outlined below:
Lesson 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.
Lesson 2. Basic Creative Writing Skills
Words and their proper use, Types of language, Informative language, Persuasive, Imaginative, Literal, Figurative, Formal, 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.
Lesson 3. Writing Clearly and Concisely
Making things clear, Slice of life fiction, Conciseness and Succinctness, Understanding ambiguity, Causes of ambiguity, Doubt and ambiguity, Hinge points and ambiguity, Defamiliarisation.
Lesson 4. Planning What You Write
Writing routine, Establishing a theme, Organising ideas, Paragraphing, Writing a synopsis, Titles, Developing objectives.
Lesson 5. Writing Fiction
Elements, Clues, Signs, Common errors, Scope or Range, Theme problems, Authenticity problems, Tone problems.
Lesson 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.
Lesson 8. Newspaper Writing
What to write, Scope, News values, Writing guidelines, Regular columns, Fillers.
Lesson 9. Writing for Magazines
Scope of magazine writing, What publishers want, Magazine articles, Travel writing, Writing for public relations, Selling your work.
Lesson 10, Writing Books
Themes, Consistency, Believability, Variety, Getting started, Getting a contract, Book publishing, Non fiction books, Fact finding.
Lesson 11 Special Project
Organising a portfolio to sell yourself.
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