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Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing

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Teaches Creative Writing

Called the “Prophet of Dystopia,” Margaret Atwood is one of the most influential literary voices of our generation. In her first-ever online writing class, the author of The Handmaid’s Tale teaches how she crafts compelling stories, from historical to speculative fiction, that remain timeless and relevant. Explore Margaret’s creative process for developing ideas into novels with strong structures and nuanced characters.


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Class Sample
1. Introduction
2. Getting Started as a Writer
3. Story and Plot
4. Structuring Your Novel: Layered Narratives and Other Variations
5. Who Tells the Story: Narrative Point of View
6. Point of View Case Studies
7. Bringing Characters to Life Through Detail
8. Creating Compelling Characters
9. Writing Through Roadblocks
10. Crafting Dialogue
11. Revealing the World Through Sensory Imagery
12. Prose Style and Texture
13. Working With Time in Fiction
14. The Door to Your Book: The Importance of the First Five Pages
15. Writing the Middle and Ending
16. Revision: Seeing Your Work Anew
17. The Novel and the Shifting Sands of Genre
18. Speculative Fiction
19. Speculative Fiction Case Study: The Handmaid’s Tale
20. Research and Historical Accuracy
21. The Writer’s Path
22. The Business of Being a Writer
23. Parting Words

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Margaret Atwood


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