Created by:  Wesleyan University

  • Amy Bloom

    Taught by:  Amy Bloom, Distinguished University Writer in Residence and Director of the Shapiro Center for Creative Writing

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Course 2 of 5 in the Creative Writing Specialization.
Commitment4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
Language
English
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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Rated 4.4 out of 5 of 470 ratings

I have enjoyed this very thorough class. Although some of the assignment titles were misleading, the assignments overall were very good once I understood them. At first I did not like having to get feedback and give feedback on assignments, but as the course went on, I was able to see the value in this and understand why it was set up this way. By week 4, the observations of classmates not only resonated with my own about our writings but also enlightened some of the thoughts I hadn't yet put into words yet so I was able to articulate them and understand them better. Great course!!

--The videos were very interesting, especially the discussions with other writers.

-- The four exercises were worthwhile and challenging--perhaps too challenging for some of the participants, based on the pieces I read. Note that two hours isn't nearly long enough to do most of these exercises if the objective is to produce a piece that is both well thought through and well written.

--I found the peer reviews to be highly variable in quality.

-- Some textual material should be included in the course. We can always cut and paste the transcripts of the lectures--but why not provide easily accessible lecture notes? And there should also be instructional materials other then the lectures.

-- The questions asked of the peer reviewers are good ones. They would provide useful guidance in dealing with the assignment. Why not give them out along with the assignment?

This was very helpful. More so, than plot. The feedback I received from my peers was better. I realized the power of POV. I also learned about looking at scenes

I enjoyed listening to and reading each assignment's parts , all relevant and added more to my own learning perspective in developing characters.