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Creative Writing: The Craft of Character, Wesleyan University

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At the center of a good story are the characters in it. In this course aspiring writers will discover how to build and bring to life complex, vivid and unforgettable characters. We will study the choices a writer makes to bring all characters to life on the page, and we will perform written exercises in order to develop a variety of writing and pre-writing techniques, in order to create a variety of characters. We will learn how to use our own life experiences, and the people we know (and how not to!). We will develop inner (thoughts and feelings) and outer (appearance, habits, behavior) lives for our characters and see how that can lead us to richer and more interesting stories. We will breathe life into our characters and let them surprise us....

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创建者 SS

Aug 11, 2016

I loved this course! Extremely useful and hands on. The course instructor was really impressive, both informative and empathetic, both arty and to the point. Totally admired her style of instruction.

创建者 ND

Aug 08, 2016

Excellent teaching, be aware the meat of this course is in the interviews. If you read and watch them then the assignments are self-explanatory. The discussion boards were however a disappointment.

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创建者 Laura Beegle

Dec 08, 2018

Good information in the videos. The assignments were difficult and didn't seem related to the material from the lectures.

创建者 Judy Wanjiku Wanderi Jørgensen

Nov 27, 2018

Great course that exceeded my expectations.

创建者 Alfred Kamara-Laye

Nov 27, 2018

Amy Bloom is everything you will want in teacher. Character was never known until I started this course. Who is the character in the story, what quirks, beliefs, normal or abnormal behaviour do the show? I learnt a lot from this course and keep renewing my knowledge when ever \i fell the need to.

It was fun and enjoyable. Thank you Amy.

创建者 Brigitte Pace

Nov 19, 2018

Love this course. The videos were well presented and explained and the assignments were good practice.

创建者 Shirley Bode

Nov 02, 2018

Excellent course - I have learned so much. Thank you to the awesome teachers

创建者 Naina Sahay

Oct 30, 2018

Great and helpful.

10/10 would recommend

创建者 Leo J Ryan

Oct 29, 2018

Nicely done Weslyan! Well paced, interesting assignments.

创建者 Ramona Kowal

Oct 29, 2018

This gave me a new perspective on Character and I believe it will help my characters become more true to life than they have been.

创建者 Paul Corbett

Oct 29, 2018

Was really looking forward to this section but felt it was lacking in content.

Too many interviews which were full of quotations and praise for other authors and was left feeling disappointed.

创建者 Quynh Ngoc Ha

Oct 21, 2018

This course helped sharpen my noticing skills. The suggested reading is immensely helpful. The feedback is invaluable and I will be going back to some of those to transform those exercises into short stories. Thank you so much for the public access to this course! I am indebted to you. A MOOC is truly a life transforming invention, giving people the tools to improve on their skills. I can't imagine life without a MOOC! My goodness!