Creative Writing

Course Syllabus/ Description

Title: Unleash Your Imagination: Creative Writing Adventures

Course Description:

Embark on a thrilling literary journey in “Unleash Your Imagination: Creative Writing Adventures.” Over eight engaging weeks, you’ll dive deep into the art of creative writing. Each session is a treasure trove of inspiration and learning, with a focus on practical skills and creative exploration.

Week by week, you’ll explore various aspects of storytelling, from crafting unforgettable characters and captivating settings to mastering the nuances of dialogue and plot. Discover the art of editing and revision, transforming your words into polished gems ready for the world.

Join a supportive community of fellow writers and special guest instructors, and by the end of the course, you’ll have the tools and confidence to share your work with readers. Unleash your imagination and let your creativity soar!

Schedule: Classes are on Monday 5:30PST/6:30MTN/7:30CST/8:30EST

1 session per week, 75-90 minutes each

Cost: $120 for 4 classes per month. 

Our adult class is for students age 14+

Payments can be made by PayPal: Paypal.me/NaomiDarwin

Or

ApplePay to 817-798-6525

 

Course schedule:

Week 1: Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Discussion on the different forms of creative writing
  • Setting personal goals for the class

Week 2: The Art of Character Development

  • Exploring techniques for creating well-rounded characters
  • Writing exercises to develop unique character traits
  • Peer feedback on character sketches

Week 3: Crafting Captivating Settings

  • Analyzing the role of setting in storytelling
  • Creating vivid and immersive settings through descriptive language
  • Writing prompts involving unique settings

Week 4: Mastering Dialogue

  • Understanding the function of dialogue in storytelling
  • Writing natural and engaging dialogue
  • Dialogue-focused writing exercises and role-play activities

Week 5: Understanding Point of View in Literature and Writing

  • Defining Point of View
  • Types of Point of View
  • Impact on the Narrative
  • Point of View in Writing

Week 6: Plot and Structure

  • Discussing different story structures (linear, non-linear, etc.)
  • Developing a compelling plot with twists and turns
  • Collaborative exercise: creating a group story structure

Week 7: Building Tension and Conflict

  • Exploring various types of conflict (internal, external, interpersonal)
  • Techniques for building tension and maintaining reader engagement
  • Writing scenes with high-stakes conflict

Week 8: Editing and Revising/Publication and Sharing

  • Importance of the revision process in creative writing
  • Peer editing and constructive feedback
  • Strategies for self-editing and polishing your work
  • Discussing options for sharing and publishing your writing
  • Finalizing a piece for a class anthology or reading

 

Our Instructors

Instructor

Naomi Darwin

Instructor Bio

Hello, my name is Naomi. My love of writing began with a love of reading. I started writing stories as a child. I loved creating my own worlds and characters where I could immerse myself for hours on end. As an adult, I took my writing to another level by completing a certificate in fiction writing at Gotham Writing School in NYC, and I’ve completed various writing classes to expand my knowledge and writing skills. My first novel was published in 2012. Since then, I’ve had 1 more novel and 4 short stories published. I am currently working on a series of children’s stories involving history, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), and a Time Machine. Be sure to ask me about it! 

 

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