Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot is course 1 of 5 in the Creative Writing Specialization.
This Specialization will cover the elements of three major creative writing genres: the short story, the narrative essay, and the memoir. You will master the techniques that good writers use to compose a bracing story, populated with memorable characters in an interesting setting, written in a fresh descriptive style. You will learn how to analyze and constructively evaluate peer writing. In the final Capstone Project, you will draft, rewrite, and complete a substantial original story in the genre of your choosing. Upon completion of their first assignment, learners in each course will receive an 80% discount from our sponsor, Write Bros, to use on any of their software designed for facilitating the process of writing.
- What Is Plot?
- How Plot Works in Harry Potter
- Character + Action = Plot
- Assignment: The Escalator
- What Is Structure?
- ABDCE Structure Examples from Famous Works of Literature
- Visiting Writer: How Structure and Outlines Can Help Organize Your Plot and the Story You Want to Tell (with Douglas Martin)
- Assignment: What's Up, Doc?
- What Is a Scene?
- Examples of Effective Scenes
- Shop Talk with Amity Gaige: How Setting and Description Make a Scene Come Alive
- Assignment: Show, Don't Tell
- Editing and Revision
- Shop Talk with Amy Bloom: Defining Wants and Needs; Creating Characters with Strong Motivations and Desires
- Shop Talk with Salvatore Scibona: Language that Gets Rewritten vs Language that Gets Cut Out