Free Writing Courses - Class 1: Putting Your Imagination to Work

Hello and welcome to the first lesson of CWN's fiction course. CWN's free writing courses help you reach the next level in your creative writing. Great things are about to happen.

So many people want to be writers. But you have just joined the tiny percentage who actually take the steps to do it. Congratulations!

Please bookmark this page so that you can come back to it easily.

How the CWN online writing courses work

Start at Class 1 below, and follow the instructions. Once you've completed the assignments, you can move on to Class 2 for your next class session, and so on. At the end of the course, there is a final project, and you'll complete a special evaluation checklist to graduate from the course.

You will need a short story anthology for some of the creative writing assignments. Choose any general (non-themed) contemporary anthology. You can find anthologies at your public library.

Important: Before starting the first class, please take 5 minutes to read CWN's Orientation Guide for Free Writing Courses. Don't skip this step!

Free Online Writing Courses - Class 1

Topic: Putting Your Imagination to Work

Hello! I'm so glad to see you here!

Did you read the (very short and painless) Orientation Guide? If not, please do it before you go on! When I buy a new cell phone or DVD player, etc., I almost never read the user manual. I imagine I will just figure things out by pushing buttons until it works. The problem here is, with these free writing courses, the Orientation Guide is the buttons! In other words, if you don't follow the instructions, there's no course. And that would be a terrible shame. So pleaseread the Orientation Guide now.

Ready? Let's go!

10-minute writing - Do this after reading the lesson:

Think of someone close to you. Think of a possession that is extremely important to that person. Now imagine a situation in which you might steal that possession. Why would you do it? How could you try to keep the person from finding out? How would you feel? What would happen when the person discovered what you had done? Use the Daydream Technique to imagine and write down some of this.

Today's reading - After you finish reading, come back to this page to complete the 10-minute writing. You'll see other links and options, but don't let them distract you -- come right back:

How Fiction Is Like Dreaming


  1. First, complete today's reading assignment, and come back to this page afterward
  2. Then, do the 10-minute writing assignment. To review the guidelines for 10-minute creative writing assignments, click here.
  3. When you're finished, fill out a Writing Goals Worksheet. The writing goals you choose here will be your homework for the next class.
  4. After you've filled out the Writing Goals worksheet, put the date and time for Class 2 on your calendar.

Good job today!

Free writing courses - links

Free Writing Course - Class 2: Character

Orientation Guide for Free Writing Classes

Goals Worksheet

Progress Checklist

Free Online Writing Courses main page

<< BACK from Writing Classes - Class 1 to Creative Writing Now Home