Check out some books by your tutor Fiona Veitch Smith … (click on the book covers to find out more)

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free creative writing courseAre you a beginner writer? Do you know you want to put pen to paper but not know where to start? This eight-session online creative writing course will give you an introduction to the basic elements of creative writing, from prose fiction to poetry. The course is entirely free and you can work through it at your own pace. The exercises are designed to help you start writing and self-analyse your work. Feedback from a tutor will not be provided. However, you may ask questions along the way if there is something you don’t understand about how the course is put together. Post them in the comments box.  If you have any questions about how the course operates before contacting me please check out the FAQ list on the menu above which covers pretty much everything – and that includes how to get started and whether or not it’s really free!

Please note: This is a free course but that does not mean you will receive free critiques of your writing. The critiquing service mentioned in the FAQ is separate to this course. I do not give feedback on the exercises. If you would like me to give my professional opinion on your creative writing beyond this course please contact me for a quote. There is a link to these rates on the FAQ page.

And now, back to the fun (and free!) stuff. The creative writing course will cover:

  1. Releasing your Creativity
    Explore how to tap into your creativity, and whether you are naturally more inclined towards writing poetry or prose.
  2. How to write a short story
    A look at how writing a short story differs from writing a novel, and some tips on short story structure.
  3. Writing from a point of view (POV)
    How your choice of first, second or third person POV can have a dramatic effect on how readers engage with your story.
  4. Bringing your writing to life
    How to activate your writing and transform it into a sensual experience.
  5. Writing characters
    Writing complex, believable characters to inhabit your literary world.
  6. Writing dialogue
    Your voice as an author, writing dialogue between characters, use of dialect, and some tips on the mechanics of laying out your text.
  7. Poetry: how to write poems
    The basics of writing poetry – lyric versus narrative, structured versus free verse, rhythm and meter.
  8. Markets, competitions and opportunities
    How to further develop your writing by joining a writer’s group and entering competitions, and some tips on getting published.

the-creative-writing-coursebookI’ll mention helpful books and other useful resources as we go, which you can buy or borrow from your library – how you get hold of them is up to you, but try to get a look at them. In particular, The Creative Writing Coursebook is as close to a setwork for this course as you’re going to get – this one’s worth having on your shelf.

Any questions? Then check out the Frequently Asked Questions page. Otherwise…

>> Click here to get started.

Happy writing!

248 comments on “Contents

  1. kristin on said:

    I want to write a book about some things I’ve been through and want to get back into writing and doing poetry.

  2. I want to write a book about my life and how organ donation has changed my life for the best. I don’t know where to begin! You opinion will be greatly appreciated.
    Dodie

    • Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

      Hi Dodie. Firstly, very glad to hear about your good news re organ donation. Regards writing about it, my course on non-fiction writing, and particularly the session on writing an autobiography, might help you get started. Happy writing. http://non-fiction-writing-course.thecraftywriter.com/

  3. Tracy KEELER on said:

    I enjoy writing. I have terrible grammar and problems with run on sentences. I am not as creative as I once was, but I want to write something. I have been sending comments or short stories about pictures posted by Writers.Org. Maybe I just like voicing my opinion. I am curious about the writing exercises. It seems I can comment on things, but have trouble with creating my own ideas.I look forward to the critiques if it will make me a better writer.

    • Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

      Hello Tracy. Unfortunately you will not receive critiques from me on the exercises. It is a free course and if I had to give critiques I would have to charge. However, there is an option after you have completed the course to send a longer piece of writing to me for feedback. This is a paid service but entirely optional. The course is designed to encourage you to ‘self-critique’ your work as you go along. Hope you enjoy it.

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