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!

243 comments on “Contents

  1. Kyle on said:

    Hi! My name is Kyle from South Korea. I want to develope my writing skills. Thank you so much.

  2. Dele Agbogun on said:

    I Want to enhance my writing skill in order to be more creative on my blog postings that has been running for three years now. I also want to make my second book a lot better than the one i wrote this year.

  3. Thank you for the opportunity for me to better my writing skills, and possibly positively affect my community too!

  4. Sohail on said:

    Hi,
    I am from Pakistan and English is a second language for me. But I am very fond of English literature. I have written a few stories but could not get them published – I have lost count of rejections. What do you advise me to do? I am willing to take a course and even pay for it, if it can improve my work.
    Regards,

    • Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

      Hello Sohail, publishing is hard work. It took me 15 years of rejections before I had my first adult novel published. However, if you feel you need more help then there are a number of good online courses. I only know of British ones but if you check with them they will be able to tell you whether or not they take international students. Firstly try the Open University who do take international students http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/a215/index.shtml

  5. Cristiana Crespo on said:

    Sign me up! No charges or spam though.

    • Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

      Please read the information on the website. You do not get signed up. And I hope you won’t spam me either because that would just be rude.

  6. RUFUS FLETCHER on said:

    Do we get a certificate of completion..?

  7. Acelyn Evans on said:

    What age group/groups is this available to?

    • Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

      Hi Acelyn, it’s available, free online to everyone. What you see here is what you get so obviously anyone can access it. I would say though that it would suit people 14+ simply because of the language level.

  8. Kristen on said:

    I hope this class is free i am a young girl who. Wants to learn how to write. Learning how to write a short story and poetry. I also need to learn how to layout a proper outline. For a story I also need to learn how to use proper grammer. I also need to learn how to make my story flow. Thank you email me the information.
    I live in Westminster , MD.

    • Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

      This course is not available via email. It is only available here on the website. Enjoy it. It will not teach you grammar.

  9. I really like this creative writing course and I hope the I will improve my writing using tools in this course.
    Thanks for your help.
    Abdi

  10. Berr?n B?lg?ner on said:

    Dear authority;

    I waant to join free creative writing class.

    Sincerely Berrin Bilginer

  11. I want learn how to write good by parctic.e

  12. Bahaa Abdeljawad on said:

    When can I start?

  13. This is extremely generous of you giving out all this information laid before our/my muse which has been hiding for quite sometime. A thousand thanks.

  14. Theresa on said:

    I have been meaning to do this for awhile, I would like to get started writing again and see where I go!
    Thanks, Theresa

  15. Tracy Seney on said:

    Thank you for this free course!

  16. I’m so happy that i get to learn more about writing, but i have 1 question. Do you guys accept ages 13+?

  17. Shreelakshmi Sudhindra on said:

    I would like to start this course……..

  18. Marcus Nordt on said:

    I would like to write about my life story.
    And someone to rewrite it.
    How much would this cost

    • Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

      That depends on how long the book is and also how much rewriting is required. On average though it will be around £1000. However, if extensive interviews are required and you need coaching on how to actually write your story in the first place, that will be more.

  19. Bookmarking to come back to later. I juat don’t have the funding at this point in time.

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