- Learn about Ray Bradbury, directly from Sam Weller, literary master and authorized biographer.
- Study Bradbury's remarkable and prodigious creative process—on your own schedule.
- Deepen your creative writing skills through interactive assignments and writing projects geared to enhance your creativity.
Creative Storytelling Featuring Ray Bradbury
- Winter Term Begins
- Jan 7
Strong writing communication is 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 Storytelling Featuring Ray Bradbury?
-Meet Ray Bradbury
-Formative Years and Early Work
-Gothic Tradition and Fantastic Fiction
-Pulp Fiction and Poe Poetry
-Quiz: Early Short Stories
-Early American Gothic Fantasy and Horror
-Later Childhood Years
-Readings: “Uncle Einar” & “The Next in Line”
-The Real Ray, The Real World
-Aiming Up with Influences
-Imagery as Inspiration
-Readings: “Powerhouse” & “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
-Assignment: Hopper Writing Prompt
-Quiz: Reading Responses
-The Story of the Writer
-Reading: The Martian Chronicles
-Science Fiction vs. Gothic Horror
-Tattoos and Story Ideas
-Reading: The Illustrated Man
-Assignments: Your Bradbury Inspired Short Story
-Quiz: “The Lottery”
-Writing About Things You Love
-Readings: “The Fog Horn” & Fahrenheit 451
-Assignments: Sub-Genres of Fantasy & Things You Love
-Trigger Story Ideas
-Readings: Dandelion Wine & “Smoke Ghost”
-Ray Bradbury’s Later Years
-What’s Next For You
-Readings: “In a Season of Calm Weather”, “The First Night of Lent” & “Banshee”
-Assignment: Final Project
Bradbury, R. (2010). The Stories of Ray Bradbury.
Bradbury, R. (2012). The Martian Chronicles.
Bradbury, R. (2013). Fahrenheit 451.
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