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Creative Writing
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Creative Writing

Creativity takes many forms, one of the most popular being the written word. If you have a love for writing and would like to develop your skills, then Stratford's Creative Writing course is an excellent place to begin.

Learn to create stories and characters that are as real on paper as they are in the mind. Provide settings and create plots that will entice and inspire readers.

Stratford's in-depth curriculum covers everything from writing structure to character development and self-editing. This thorough and fun program can help you learn fundamental writing technique to spark your best stories yet.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for writers and authors is $61,240. The number of jobs is projected to increase by 2% through 2024.*

A creative writing salary can vary depending on the place of employment, educational attainment, and the specific duties performed.

Writing Great Short Stories
• Writing a short story—getting started
• Characters—How to create people who live and breathe on the page
• Conflict—How to devise a story that readers won’t want to put down
• Plot and Structure—How to shape your story and keep it moving forward
• Setting and Atmosphere—How to bring readers into a vivid story world
• Narrative Voice—How to develop your individual voice as a writer
• Exploring the realm of short stories
• A quick guide to submitting manuscripts for publication

Characters and Point of View
• Two-dimensional words and three-dimensional characters
• Choosing point-of-view
• Story presentation
• Developing memorable characters
• Distinguishing main from minor characters
• Choosing the most effective viewpoint

Description and Setting
• The importance of description and setting
• Learning to pay attention
• Showing, telling and combining the two
• Sensory description
• Description of characters
• Time and place
• Description and setting in specialized fiction
• Using description and setting to drive the story
• Description and setting in the writing process

Beginnings, Middles, Ends
• Progressing from first sentence to last
• Hooking an editor in the first three paragraphs
• Building drama through effective prose
• Solutions to potential story problems
• Tried and true writing exercises
• Sharpening your skills
• Improving a story by rewriting

Scene and Structure
• Scenes as revelation of plot
• The steps leading towards climax and conclusion
• Developing scenes to build a story’s structure
• Properly using cause and effect
• Unfolding the main character’s struggle
• Building a believable and revealing end

Write and Revise for Publication
• Drafting, revising and fine-tuning your story
• Marketing your work

This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
Creative Writing Course

"What I learned was precise in what one needs to know regarding the real writing world and what editors and publishers look for."

Michael L.