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Winter Term Begins
Jan 8

Overview

There’s a story inside you waiting to be told, and in this introductory creative writing course, you’ll nurture the skills to express your story and find a receptive audience. By exploring multiple genres and forms of writing, you’ll cultivate your personal writing style while receiving constructive feedback from fellow writers, including a published, award-winning author and public speaker.

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 Introduction to Creative Writing?

Week One:
-How To Begin
-Story Across Genre
-Ray Bradbury: Passion as Inspiration

Week Two:
-Developing a Personal Writing Brand
-Setting and Sense of Place
-Elements of Scene
-Assignment: Scene Writing
-Quiz: The Red Convertible

Week Three:
-Exploring Character
-Free-Writing
-Character Clusters
-Working with Opposites
-The Details of Character
-Assignment: Opposite Character Writing Exercise

Week Four:
-Structure and Conflict
-Exploring Narrative Forms
-Retellings, Parody and Homage
-Experimenting with Contemporary Forms
-Quiz: Epistolary Story

Week Five:
-Experience of Poetry
-Contemporary Poets and Their Work
-Haiku
-Dreams and Writing
-Assignments: Free Verse Poetry and Dream Poetry
-Quiz: Poetry Readings

Week Six:
-Voice and Style
-Theme
-Creative Non-Fiction
-Assignment: Personal Essay Reflection
-Quiz: Kurt Vonnegut Reading

Week Seven:
-Story Reserves and the Campfire
-Engaging the Audience
-Connecting Instances
-Quiz: Virginia Wolfe—Death of a Moth

Week Eight:
-Next Steps: Aim High
-Final Thoughts
-Assignment: Final Project

Sam Weller Photo

Sam Weller

Sam Weller is a fiction and nonfiction writer. In addition to being recognized for various awards, Weller wrote national bestseller The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury. He also 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. He has given more than 350 talks worldwide.

Courses: Introduction to Creative Writing, Ray Bradbury and Creative Storytelling

Each lesson reveals the endless amounts of possibilities our writings could accomplish. Through this, I believe it’ll 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. The more there is, the more we can develop.

Student Experience of Cristian R.

Need more info?

Contact our advising team at advising@online.colum.edu or call 312-369-5646 (JOIN) to learn more and enroll.

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