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New Course of the Week – Getting Started in Creative Writing

It’s time for the regular Friday feature, and this weeks’ course is more of the traditional vein. Universities have been offering continuing education and distance education for years, before everything moved onto the Internet. And so, how would you like to take a creative writing course from University of Oxford. Yes, that Oxford.

The course costs a few hundred dollars, but then it’s a real credit from the real Oxford so that’s what you need to expect. The course is presented like this from that site:

This course gives avid readers the skills necessary to turn a love of the written word into a practical experience. It introduces the key characteristics of creative writing, and students are supported with stage-by-stage guidance as they assimilate and put into practice a range of critical and creative methods. In addition to tutor feedback on the course assignments, participants will be encouraged to discuss one another’s writing in the course forums, and will be given guidance on offering constructive and useful criticism.

Clearly aimed at the beginner, it looks like it goes over the very basics of story development and creative writing. At the end, you’ll receive real University credit and the right to say you took and passed a course from Oxford (with the Department of Continuing Education part quietly mentioned under your breath).


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