What’s behind Stephen King’s vocabulary-rich dark fiction worlds? How does Margaret Atwood turn sentence fragments into award-winning dystopian prose? What are their secrets, and how can we tap into them?
Drawing inspiration and techniques from time-tested creative writers, learn how to transform, bend and sometimes break the rules of grammar and style to create attention-grabbing writing – no matter what genre or audience you’re writing for.
Get close and personal with the writings and styles of Virginia Woolf, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and CS Lewis. Discover how to apply their techniques, processes and practices to your own works from start to finish, whether you write fiction, non-fiction or even advertising and marketing copy.
Topics include finding your voice as a writer, making strategic use of sentence structure and punctuation, mastering the effective development of paragraphs, choosing diction to strengthen your vocabulary and word choices, considering creative inclusion of imagery and knowing when (and how) to break the rules to make your point.
Each Thursday, participate in a short and optional real-time conversation through Zoom about what you are learning in your self-paced practice.
Week 1: Introduction to Voice
Week 2: Powerful Sentences
Week 3: Unparalleled Paragraphs
Week 4: Words and Worlds
Week 5: Effective Imagery
Week 6: Taking Risks / Breaking the Rules
This course is offered 100% online.
About Online Learning
Our professional writing courses are purpose-built for online learning using UBC instructional design resources and tools.
Online courses are hosted on the intuitive learning management platform Canvas. Every week, your instructor releases a new module or lesson. Each lesson might include materials such as class notes, readings, links to articles, videos and practice exercises. You may also be asked to post on discussion boards and submit assignments.
Your instructor is there to provide you feedback on your work, and guide online forum discussions. Some may hold virtual office hours. You can also communicate with your instructor through Canvas.
Expect to spend two to three hours per week on your course – you do get out what you put in! You can log in anytime day or night. Some courses, however, might include exercises and assignments with deadlines. Materials will be available for two weeks after the course ends, after which time you will no longer be able to access the course.
We will send you instructions on accessing Canvas before your first class.