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Creative Writing

Creative Writing,

At the center of a good story are the characters in it. In this course aspiring writers will discover how to build and bring to life complex, vivid and unforgettable characters. We will study the choices a writer makes to bring all characters to life on the page, and we will perform written exercises in order to develop a variety of writing and pre-writing techniques, in order to create a variety of characters. We will learn how to use our own life experiences, and the people we know (and how not to!). We will develop inner (thoughts and feelings) and outer (appearance, habits, behavior) lives for our characters and see how that can lead us to richer and more interesting stories. We will breathe life into our characters and let them surprise us.
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Rating 4.3 based on 287 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
Starts Oct 12 (last week)
Cost $79
From Wesleyan University via Coursera
Instructor Amy Bloom
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Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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Very concise and great tips and notes from Amy Bloom.

Amy Bloom is such a wonderful speaker!

Many Thanks Amy Bloom.

Amy Bloom makes a student writer feel he or she is the only student in the world.

Amy Bloom top notch.

Ms. Amy Bloom is a great writer and lecturer!

I really enjoyed the lectures of the course and found Amy Bloom to be an informative and relatable writer and lecturer.

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creative writing

I already submitted a request for financial aid for creative writing specialization I don't know why it's not enabling me to access the homeworks please help me :( The financial aid was approved for this specialization why is it that they only let me access the first one???

I enjoyed every course in the Creative Writing Specialization.

Excellent On-line Course in Creative Writing developing Character.

Just as good as the others in the Creative Writing specialization.

Compared to other courses in the creative writing specialization, I felt that this one needs some improvement.

This was my least favourite course in the the Creative Writing Specialisation.

Another 5-star Wesleyan University creative writing course.

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so much

I learned so much, it's hard to pick just one thing.

The course is very well designed and Amy explains everything in so much detail.

Thank you so much for offering them.

Very good course, gave a lot of insight on writing and specially about the character This was a great course...so much detail and she asked to many questions that it really makes you think and then helps you to determine how to apply it to your story.

Thank you so much!

Thank you so much!!!!!

Excellent course - I have learned so much.

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character development

The content on character development, the role of dialog and action in revealing characters, and POV/voice would be most helpful for novice writers (but perhaps also for experienced writers!)

You know something is amiss with your writing when a friend suggests more character development and you have to ask them what that means.

Learned enough about character development to help me with my fiction - and non-fiction.

Great inspirtation for practice writing simple easy but not that easy Assignment tho it's good for you Excellent scaffolding of exercises to provide a broad intro aspects of character development.

That aside, this course helps you consider character development on a more complex level.

I loved the course and the Professor Hosting A wonderful set of lectures and exercises that truly advance one's understanding of character development.

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point of view

The course is well structured and the assignments well designed to help you to think about point of view and character and I found myself being able to develop a fictional character that I have had in my mind for a while.

It regenerated my creativity which is what I hoped for and it cleared up some confusion I had about point of view.

Had not given point of view so much brain time!!

Really interesting practice tasks Excellent course that teaches you the nuances of character, point of view and narration.

I loved learning about dialogue and point of view.

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felt like

I enjoyed the assignments and felt like they challenged and stretched me in good ways.Criticisms include: some confusing titles - why is the third section called Location, Location, Location, when it is the second section that is about location?

I felt like the teaching was fairly abstract, and I had a difficult time figuring out how I was supposed to apply certain lessons.

It really felt like being with a friend at a coffeeshop, analyzing different parts of books and stories that we've read and commenting on them.

I really felt like I have pushed myself and learned something through taking these classes!

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Careers

An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Story AP $45k

Story Dept. Trainee $48k

Good Neighbor Specialist $55k

Supervising Story Producer 6 $56k

Story Planner $68k

Development/story $79k

Head of Story $80k

Story Producer 3 $95k

Good Dynamics Engineer $101k

Story Producer Manager $102k

Story Artist 1 $112k

Story Producer 2 3 $134k

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Rating 4.3 based on 287 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
Starts Oct 12 (last week)
Cost $79
From Wesleyan University via Coursera
Instructor Amy Bloom
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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