Creative Writing Lab: Experiment with Words

A course by Karen Villeda
Writer and Editor. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2019
, Writer and Editor

Overcome the fear of writing by learning to combine literary genres such as narratives, poetry, and essays

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (47)
  • 1190 students

Overcome the fear of writing by learning to combine literary genres such as narratives, poetry, and essays

Ever wondered if writing could be more fun? In this online course, Mexican writer Karen Villeda shows you her creative process based on experimentation and combining literary genres. She has had more than ten books published, some of which have won awards, and was writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa.

Throughout this course, get ready to be introduced to different creative techniques for tackling the blank page and uncover some amazing ideas in the process. Delve into the world of literary genres and learn to combine them in your texts. Karen talks about key themes like work, perseverance, and planning when it comes to writing. Then wrap everything up by learning to do a critical review of your text.

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What will you learn in this online course?

12 lessons & 16 downloads

Why experiment?
5 minutes, 17 seconds
5 minutes, 29 seconds
The narrative
7 minutes, 46 seconds
The poetry
4 minutes, 29 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (47)
  • 1190 students
  • 12 lessons (1h 20m)
  • 16 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Combine elements from the narrative, poetic, and essay genres to develop a short text.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone with a curious, open mind and the enthusiasm to write.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge or experience in writing is necessary for this course.

As for materials, all you need is paper and a pencil or pen. If you prefer, you can opt for a computer with a word processor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.


1190 Students
47 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Karen Villeda

A course by Karen Villeda

Teacher Plus
Writer and Editor

Despite having grown up surrounded by books, Mexican writer Karen Villeda had a lot of difficulty learning to read. Her mother patiently taught her and, before long, she was reading pirate stories by herself, and at just 19, she published her first book. Karen believes that literary genres are interchangeable and can be combined, which is why she considers her writing to be a hybrid.

She has had more than ten books published, and her book Dodo (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro) won the Premio Nacional de Poesía Joven Elías Nandino in 2013 and is part of the Archivo de Literatura Hispánica en Audio. Karen's work has earned her more than fifteen prizes and she has also been writer-in-residence in the University of Iowa. She is currently an editor and gives classes in creative writing.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    The world of words and diamond mines

    • Creative writing and literary genres
    • Why experiment?
    • Materials and materiality of writing
  • U3

    The Perfect Diamond!

    • Toolbox
    • The narrative
    • The poetry
    • Essay
  • U4

    Cut and polish the diamond for jewelry

    • Fill your blank sheets
    • Review and editing
    • Where to go?
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creative Writing Lab: Experiment with Words

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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.

  • Connect with a global creative community

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Creative Writing Lab: Experiment with Words. Writing course by Karen Villeda

Creative Writing Lab: Experiment with Words

A course by Karen Villeda
Writer and Editor. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2019
  • 98% positive reviews (47)
  • 1190 students