Getting Started in Writing

Have you always wanted to be a writer? Don’t let doubt or fear get the best of you—take a chance and learn how to start writing a book, novel, short story, memoir, or essay. When you take this online writing workshop, you’ll discover your voice, learn the basics of grammar and examine the different types of writing. No matter what type of writing you’re planning on crafting—nonfiction or fiction—you’ll need guidance along the way. When you take this workshop, you can expect to take an in-depth look at Keys to Great Writing by Stephen Wilbers, who teaches beginner writers how to start writing a novel or book and what it takes to get published. Draw upon advice from published authors and start your writing career today.



Required Reading:

Keys to Great Writing
by Stephen Wilbers

Workshop Length:

12 weeks

Start Date:

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  • The fundamentals of grammar and mechanics
  • How to enhance your writing through description and sensory details
  • The principles of creative writing
  • The types of short nonfiction, including research articles, personal essays, books, and memoirs
  • The various forms of fiction including short stories, short-short stories, novellas, and novels
  • The importance of editing and rewriting

Who should take this workshop:

  • Individuals who have always been interested in writing but have found it difficult to dedicate the time and/or weren’t sure how or where to start
  • Beginning writers who want to explore multiple disciplines to discover what writing style they enjoy most
  • Those looking to kick start their writing with the help of a Published Author



Session One: Getting Started—The Writer’s Toolbox

  • Essential writers’ reference guides and the resources of your local library
  • The fundamentals of grammar and mechanics
  • Using description and sensory detail to enhance your writing.

Session Two: The Elements of Creative Writing

  • How the same principles of creative writing—characterization, viewpoint, dialogue, and conflict, among others—apply to both fiction and nonfiction
  • How to apply these techniques to any kind of writing you choose to do.

Session Three: Short Nonfiction

  • Fillers, research articles, personal experience articles, how-to articles, and other article types
  • Finding out what kind of nonfiction writing appeals to your talents and interests.

Session Four: Short Fiction

  • The different categories (genres) of fiction, and the various short fiction forms—short stories, short-short stories and novellas
  • Plot
  • Outlining
  • Exploring your own story ideas.

Session Five: Books

  • Novels, nonfiction books and memoirs
  • Openings—getting off to a strong start
  • Exploring your own ideas to decide what kind of book might be in your future.

Session Six: The Finishing Touches

  • The importance of revising and rewriting
  • How to be your own best editor
  • Preparing a professionally formatted manuscript
  • Deciding what kind of writing you’re most interested in pursuing, and where to go from here.

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