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Wesleyan University

Creative Writing

Wesleyan University via Coursera Specialization


This Specialization covers elements of three major creative writing genres: short story, narrative essay, and 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 analyze and constructively evaluate peer writing. In the Capstone, you will draft, rewrite, and complete a substantial original story in the genre of your choosing. Our courses are designed for anyone from the aspiring short story writer to established novelist. Whether you have a finished novel sitting on your desk calling for a fresh look or have had the germ of an idea for a decade, this Specialization gives you tools to achieve your goal. Through 4 courses focused on a key aspect of writing, and taken in any order you choose, you will develop a stronger ability to not only refine your writing, but critique writing in general and find inspiration in the works you are already reading. Thanks to our sponsors, upon completion of their first assignment, learners in each course will receive up to an 80% discount from Write-Bros and a 30% discount off their first purchase from Scrivener to use on their writing software. Additionally, learners who complete an assignment will receive 30% off membership at the online writing community Scribophile. For more information about our partners, see the FAQ below.


Course 1: Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot
- Offered by Wesleyan University. In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most elemental and often the most ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Creative Writing: The Craft of Character
- Offered by Wesleyan University. At the center of a good story are the characters in it. In this course aspiring writers will discover how to ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: Creative Writing: The Craft of Setting and Description
- Offered by Wesleyan University. In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to the techniques that masters of fiction use to ground a ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: Creative Writing: The Craft of Style
- Offered by Wesleyan University. Your style is as unique and distinctive as your face, your voice, except that you can choose it, you can can ... Enroll for free.

Course 5: Capstone: Your Story
- Offered by Wesleyan University. Everything comes together in the Capstone. You will draft a complete story, narrative essay, or memoir of ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

Amity Gaige, Amy Bloom, Brando Skyhorse and Salvatore Scibona


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