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Experience the transformative power of creative writing through the life and works of famed fantasy writer, Ray Bradbury. As the author of Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury remains one of the 20th century’s most visionary and celebrated writers. This course explores practical creative writing strategies through a deep dive into the “dark fantasy” of Ray Bradbury.

What you’ll walk away with:  

  • A holistic understanding of Bradbury’s remarkable and prolific creative process   
  • Enhanced creative writing skills through interactive assignments and writing projects geared to spark your creativity
  • Direct feedback from course instructor Sam Weller, literary master and Bradbury’s authorized biographer

who should take this course?

This 8-week creative writing course is for current or aspiring writers who want to develop their voice and writing portfolio. Drawing on the work of Ray Bradbury as inspiration, students will do a deep dive on the science fiction and fantasy genre and walk away with key writing principles that can be applied to any compelling writing project.

Course pricing and details:

  • 3-Credit Tuition: $350
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $350
  • Fees: $40 Registration Fee
  • Duration: 8 Weeks

Course Outline

Week One

  • Meet Ray Bradbury
  • Formative Years and Early Work
  • Gothic Tradition and Fantastic Fiction
  • Pulp Fiction and Poe Poetry
  • “The Crowd”

Week Two

  • Early American Gothic Fantasy and Horror
  • “The Lake”
  • “Uncle Einar”
  • “The Next in Line”
  • Formative Places and Times

Week Three

  • The Real Ray, The Real World
  • Bradbury on Immigration and Racial Tension
  • “Powerhouse”
  • “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
  • Imagery as Inspiration

Week Four

  • The Martian Chronicles
  • Writing Communities and Loneliness
  • The Story of the Writer

Week Five

  • The Illustrated Man
  • Inspired by Bradbury
  • Writing Beyond Genre

Week Six

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • “The Fog Horn”
  • Writing About Things You Love

Week Seven

  • Dandelion Wine
  • “Smoke Ghost”
  • Gathering Dandelions

Week Eight

  • The Value of Travel
  • Bradbury in Ireland and “Pop Art”
  • Ray Bradbury’s Later Years
  • What’s Next For You

Stack to Earn a Professional Certificate

Creative Storytelling Featuring Ray Bradbury can be applied to the following certificate programs:

Immersive Storytelling and Content Development Professional Certificate
General Creative Studies Professional Certificate.

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Sam Weller

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.

Courses: Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials, Creative Storytelling Featuring Ray Bradbury

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

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