- Become proficient in the foundations of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry and carve out your niche.
- Provide and receive individualized feedback in a relaxed online classroom setting.
- Expand your writing skills on your schedule and learn how to translate them into career opportunities.
Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials
- Winter Term Begins
- Jan 7
Strong writing skills are essential for any career. Our flexible, online courses are 8-weeks long and asynchronous to accommodate your busy schedule.
What will you learn in Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials?
-How To Begin
-Story Across Genre
-Ray Bradbury: Passion as Inspiration
-Developing a Personal Writing Brand
-Setting and Sense of Place
-Elements of Scene
-Assignment: Scene Writing
-Quiz: The Red Convertible
-Working with Opposites
-The Details of Character
-Assignment: Opposite Character Writing Exercise
-Structure and Conflict
-Exploring Narrative Forms
-Retellings, Parody and Homage
-Experimenting with Contemporary Forms
-Quiz: Epistolary Story
-Experience of Poetry
-Contemporary Poets and Their Work
-Dreams and Writing
-Assignments: Free Verse Poetry and Dream Poetry
-Quiz: Poetry Readings
-Voice and Style
-Assignment: Personal Essay Reflection
-Quiz: Kurt Vonnegut Reading
-Story Reserves and the Campfire
-Engaging the Audience
-Quiz: Virginia Wolfe—Death of a Moth
-Next Steps: Aim High
-Assignment: Final Project
Sam Weller is a fiction and nonfiction writer. Weller is an award-winning author and writer of the national bestseller, The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury. He co-edited the short fiction anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, and in 2014, the graphic novel adaptation of Shadow Show was published. Weller is a frequent lecturer on the life and legacy of Ray Bradbury and has given more than 350 talks worldwide.
Each lesson reveals the endless possibilities our writings can accomplish. Through this, I believe it will further our expectations and ambitions as we delve deeper into the world of writing. It opens worlds, such as the lesson revolving around forms of narrative that could really be useful in times of struggle.— Cristian R., Columbia Online Student