Taught by a former University of Michigan creative writing instructor, Description Writing Secrets is an 8-week course conducted by e-mail.
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this course is for you.
You'll learn how use description to strengthen the various elements of your story, from setting and plot to character and narrative viewpoint.
Since the course is taught by e-mail, you can learn from anywhere, studying when you have time in your schedule. Once a week for eight weeks, you will get a new lesson in your inbox. The first lesson will normally be sent to you within an hour after you sign up.
Here's an outline of what you'll learn in the course:
Each lesson also includes a short writing assignment designed to help you improve as quickly as possible.
Description Writing Secrets is taught by Nancy Strauss, the Online Courses Director at Creative Writing Now. Nancy has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, where she has also taught creative and expository writing.
Description Writing Secrets includes:
*Note: With the e-mail support included in the course, you can ask general questions about writing and get answers from a teacher. But if you would like instead to have a teacher read your writing or comment on it, you will need to sign up for a Feedback Pack.
Do you want one-on-one feedback from a writing teacher on your weekly assignments?
We know that instructor feedback is a priority for some students, so we have decided to accommodate those students by offering the option of purchasing a Feedback Pack.
If you sign up for the Feedback Pack, you will get everything included in Description Writing Secrets, plus you'll be able to send up to eight pieces of writing (up to 2000 words each) to a writing teacher and get individual feedback on each one by e-mail. You can use the Feedback Pack during the eight weeks of the course, or for up to one month after you receive the last lesson.
(Your Feedback Pack teacher may be either Nancy or another qualified writing teacher.)
Description Writing Secrets contains everything you need to learn quickly. The lessons are very easy to understand, and if you have any questions, you can e-mail one of our teachers.
This course is an exceptional value. You get all of the learning of a college creative writing course with the convenience of being able to study from home.
If you have a specific need for individual feedback, then the Feedback Pack might be your best option.
This course is currently not accepting new students.
Enter your e-mail to join the waiting list and be notified when it opens again.
Here are some answers to questions you may have about the course:
Q: How/when will I get my lessons?
A: Your lessons will be sent to you by e-mail, once a week for eight weeks. Here's how it works: when you purchase the course, you will be asked for an e-mail address. After your purchase is complete, you will normally receive the first lesson within one hour.
Q: How much time will I need to complete the assignments?
A: The lessons are specially designed so that you can read and absorb them quickly. And the writing assignments can also be completed fast. But as with most things, what you get out of this course depends on what you put into it. So we suggest making time to revise your weekly assignments and do some additional writing. Ideally, try to schedule a regular time for your writing at least five days a week -- even if it is only ten minutes per day.
Q: Will I have to buy any books or additional materials?
A: There are no additional materials required for the course. The online format will also save you money versus an offline course, where you would have logistical expenses such as transportation, parking, childcare, and so on.
Q: Is the course just for fiction writing, or will it help me write essays, articles, poetry, etc.?
A: The course is focused on fiction-writing (short stories or novels). If you are mainly interested in writing essays, articles, poetry, or another genre, this course may not be right for you.
Q: What if I don't understand something in one of the lessons?
A: No worries. You can e-mail us, and a teacher will answer your questions about the course.
Q: How do I get feedback on my writing assignments?
A: If you would like a teacher to send you one-on-one feedback on your eight writing assignments, consider signing up for the Feedback Pack. However, if you decide not to purchase the Feedback Pack, you can still publish your writing on the course blog, where your classmates might comment on it.
Q: How soon do I have to decide?
A: If you're really interested in taking this course, it is safer to sign up now while it's still open.
Q: What if I change my mind after I purchase the course?
A: No problem! If you change your mind, just ask us for a refund. You can send us an e-mail any time during the first 20 days (or before a teacher starts preparing feedback on your assignment if you've purchased the Feedback Pack), and just tell us you've changed your mind, then we'll refund 100% of your payment. No hassle; no hard feelings. So you actually have nothing to lose by signing up for the course now.
Q: What if my question was not answered here?
A: Please just send us an e-mail, and we'll be delighted to answer all your questions.
This course is currently not accepting new students.
Enter your e-mail to join the waiting list and be notified when it opens again.P.S. - Still not sure? Give it a test run. Sign up for the basic version (without the Feedback Pack) and see what you think. You have 20 days to decide if it's for you or ask for a refund.
P.P.S - We're looking forward to helping you take your writing to the next level!