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Practice turning your thoughts into words.
Learn to write description using effective detail.
Get acquainted with the variety of forms available to the creative writer.
Practice writing from the major points of view.
Learn to nurture your creative ability.
Discover the dynamics of the revision process.
Learn to choose words that engage your reader.
Recognize and avoid common writing pitfalls.
Understand yourself better by using the tool of writing.
Use the power of your story to pull in readers.
Develop strong characters and write effective dialogue.
Examine your doubts, develop trust, and find meaning while writing.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
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This course has been a revelation. I've attended many writers workshops over the past quarter century, and none of them equaled your course. I thought I had a solid grasp on writing techniques and the basics, but you presented solid, step-by-step information that was not only helpful but stimulating and exciting. Concurrently, your comments and encouragement were right on target, as was the support of the classmates. Well done and thorough, and the exercises were superb. Thank you very much.
I didn't have a story that needed to be told. I didn't consider myself a closet writer. I didn't have a book of ideas. I took this course because I wanted to expand my horizons and have fun. This course surpassed all my expectations. I gained insight into and increased the trust in my creative ability. I have become more observant of the world and people that surround me. I've used the skills I learned in this course to become more aware of who I am and what I want in life.
I have never before taken a writing course and I wouldn't have believed that an online course would be so interactive. It was a great experience. I learned so much more than I thought I would. I took the course on a whim and it turned out to be the most fun I have had in a long time. It actually has got me writing rather than just thinking about writing.
I have taken several courses on writing, and this one is by far one of the best. So many courses don't tell you "how" to go about tackling the writing process, and this class showed me exactly how to do that. I learned a lot, and I would enjoy more classes like this one. Thank you!
I was very hesitant about taking an online course, unsure of what to expect. However, I found this course and our instructor, Ann, to be wonderful. I learned so much, and never felt neglected or unimportant. Thank you to Ann for a great course and help, and thank you for offering this course.
I went to the international writers conference in Canada and found that much of the material in the workshops was review after doing this course. I am very pleased with how much material was covered in such a short time. The instructor was very informative and professional.
This class was the perfect introduction to creative writing. The anonymity of the online environment is a wonderful way for students to take those first tentative steps in sharing creative pieces without feeling vulnerable or too exposed. I learned to take some risks with my writing, received encouragement along with constructive criticism that made my creative pieces better, and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. It has made me want to take more online classes. Many thanks Ann. I may actually realize my dreams because of this class.
The Beginning Writer course was excellent. I enjoyed this course more than any other credit or non-credit course I have ever taken. The instructor was knowledgeable and encouraging. The feedback received on the assignments was very helpful. I've never said this about a course before, but I am actually sorry to see this class end! Taking this course has encouraged me to take more writing classes. My heartfelt thanks to the instructor for an terrific course.
I have taken numerous courses, both in class and online and no one has been able to do what Ann has done for me. Ann brilliantly guided her class from making tiny, fearful baby steps with new words, to reaching out to others in our writing, expanding our self-confidence, and mostly engaging us in the art of writing. She not only taught us the hows, she also taught us the whys. She correspondingly showed us our inner critics and ways to deal with them. She addressed everything that a beginning writer feels and needs. She also did something for me which she is unaware of. My son read some of my assignments and listened to me talk about the lessons. He became excited and signed up for her course. I want to thank Ann for making this course the wonderful experience I never expected.
I thoroughly enjoyed taking this class. Sharing your writing with others can be intimidating, but sharing in this format is freeing! The exercises are interesting and while I am more aware of good writing practice, I am also now much more aware of myself. Be careful if you sign up for this course - it's a little bit like going to therapy. You will meet yourself on the pages of your writing. It's amazing and fun and I am thankful for the Ann's instruction and constant encouragement!
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