Introduction to Writing (Online)
Do you have exciting stories, plots or characters dancing around in your head? Do you have a life experience or lesson to share, but don't know where to begin? This workshop is designed for those interested in entering the realm of creative writing for the first time. Our emphasis is on introducing you to the creative writing process. We'll explore topics such as setting up your writing environment, creating plots, building characters, writing dialogue and editing your work.
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- Self-paced Online
Lesson 1: Getting Started
First things first! This lesson introduces you to the basic tools of the trade and environment for writing. Learn about different types of writing instruments, ways to capture story and how to choose a writing environment.
Lesson 2: Letting Creative Juices Flow
Staring at a blank page can be unsettling if you're new to writing. Discover ways to get those creative juices flowing in preparation for a writing session and learn the value and process of setting writing goals.
Lesson 3: Building the Plot and Story
Think of plot and story as the meat and potatoes of writing. Explore the difference between these two terms, how they work together and how we create them.
Lesson 4: Characters Are Everything
No amount of ingenious plot and story can pull in a reader if the characters are dull, lifeless and unlikable. Discover ways to create well-developed, multi-layered characters.
Lesson 5: Writing Dialogue for the Reader
Writing compelling dialogue that fits perfectly with a character is an art. It's more than putting words on a page — it starts with listening and requires developing a good ear. We'll reveal some rules, pitfalls and tips that can help you master writing realistic dialogue.
Lesson 6: The Magic of Words
Discuss the value of word economy, how to write with description and how the way you put words together can evoke all types of feelings and pictures in the mind of the reader.
Lesson 7: The Power of Editing
In this final lesson, the focus is on taking your story to the next level or next draft through editing. Many successful authors go through two or three revisions of a story before finalizing it. Those editing sessions are crucial and address plot, story, character, dialogue and, of course, grammar and formatting.
Course delivery details
Participants will have 12 months to complete this mentor-supported online course.
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Corporate College, a Division of Cuyahoga Community College
Founded in 2003, Corporate College offers Northeast Ohio businesses and individuals professional training and development, along with state-of-the-art meeting and conference space at Corporate College East in Warrensville Heights and Corporate College West in Westlake. Whether you are engaged with...