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Creative Writing for Beginners: Bringing Your Story to Life

A course by Shaun Levin
Author and Creative Writing Teacher. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2020
, Author and Creative Writing Teacher

Learn how to sketch with words and use the details of your imagination to write a memorable story

  • Best seller
  • 99% positive reviews (1.4K)
  • 43317 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to sketch with words and use the details of your imagination to write a memorable story



  • 99% positive reviews (1.4K)
  • 43317 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 2m)
  • 11 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

An impactful story—like any artform—starts with a gathering of ideas and scenes. Out of these pieces, we begin to shape our own personal narrative and develop compelling stories. Shaun Levin is a published author and creative writing teacher with over twenty years of experience, and in this course, he shows you how to delve into your imagination to find everything you’ll need to become a prolific writer, no matter where you are.

Discover a series of practical exercises intended to sharpen your voice as a writer and develop a complete written piece inspired by a subject you are passionate about.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. How to Slow Down and Start Writing Immediately
  • U3
    U3. How to Create Impact and Surprise in Your Stories
  • U4
    U4. How to Shape a Story
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Shaun starts the course by telling you why he became a writer, and how his personal experiences and the people in his life continue to shape how he writes stories. He also shares the books and writers that influence his work.

In the second unit, discover why writing is important to Shaun, see what you’re about to learn in the course, and do some practical and “simple” exercises to get you started, such as writing about the details of your day.

Next, learn about the narrative options available to you when you write a story, and see how to boost your writing by looking closely at the work of other writers. Explore the materials you can use to write and experiment with different notebooks and pens. Learn how to write by observing your surroundings, using the here and now as your starting point.

See the different points of view and perspectives you have at your disposal and find the right one for the story you’re writing. Then, start sketching with words to approach your story as an artistic creation. See how to use great works of literature for inspiration and learn about the shapes, echoes, and repetitions that are there in your writing. Learn how to avoid being overly critical about your work and have faith in your writing process.

Go deeper into the details of your story, see how to use the writing itself to brainstorm for new ideas, and develop your observation skills by trying out different approaches to writing. Learn how to find precise words and take notice of the small details with some of Shaun’s practical exercises.

Once you’ve completed the first draft, explore some techniques to shape your final story. Look at how to edit and rewrite your work, and see how to share it with the world. Finally, get Shaun’s tips and motivation to keep you developing and expanding your creative writing.

What is this course's project?

Write a story ready to share online or submit for publication about something you are passionate about. Use a series of techniques to sharpen your voice as a writer, and see how to edit and rewrite your work from start to finish.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For writers of all levels who want to learn new ways to develop their ideas into stories, and go back to the basics of observing, describing, and finding inspiration in everyday life. This course is also suitable for creative writing teachers who want to explore practical and surprising ways to approach the blank page.

Requirements and materials

No previous writing experience is necessary, only a willingness to delve into your imagination and express your ideas.

As for materials, you’ll need pens, pencils, and two or three different sized notebooks.


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Shaun Levin

A course by Shaun Levin

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Author and Creative Writing Teacher

Shaun Levin is a writer and creative writing teacher from South Africa who is based in Madrid. He also lived and wrote for many years in Tel Aviv and London. His writing has always been prompted by reading and closely examining the books he loves. He went on to study literature at university and soon started to get his stories published in magazines and anthologies. His passion for books has led him to a parallel career in bookbinding and producing handmade books.

Shaun has over twenty years of experience teaching creative writing in colleges, schools, art galleries, and other settings. He has published several novels and short story collections, including Alone with a Man in a Room, Seven Sweet Things, and Snapshots of The Boy, as well as three guides for writers taking on book-length projects, The Writing Notebooks. Today, Shaun continues to teach creative writing and work on his next novel and collection of short stories.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do in the Course?
  • U2

    How to Slow Down and Start Writing Immediately

    • Materials
    • Techniques to Write Everywhere
    • Techniques to Approach a Single Subject
    • Techniques for Sketching with Words
    • When You Get Stuck
  • U3

    How to Create Impact and Surprise in Your Stories

    • How to Look at a Strawberry
    • The History of Your Feet
    • What’s More Important, the Facts or the Story?
    • Our Final Story
  • U4

    How to Shape a Story

    • Editing and Rewriting
    • Share Your Work with the World
    • Final Tips (Future Projects)
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creative Writing for Beginners: Bringing Your Story to Life

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  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

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Creative Writing for Beginners: Bringing Your Story to Life. Writing course by Shaun Levin Best seller

Creative Writing for Beginners: Bringing Your Story to Life

A course by Shaun Levin
Author and Creative Writing Teacher. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (1.4K)
  • 43317 students