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The Crafty Writer's Creative Writing Course

Perhaps National Novel Writing Month, celebrated each November, has inspired readers to embark on a new creative endeavor. If so, let The Crafty Writer's Creative Writing Course be a guide. Fiona Veitch Smith, who has worn several hats in the writing world (including roles as a "freelance journalist, editor, author, playwright, screenwriter and writing teacher,"), created this course to introduce users to "the basic elements of creative writing, from prose fiction to poetry." The eight-session curriculum can be explored at each student's own pace. The first lesson, "Releasing Your Creativity" includes activities to acclimate users to their unique ideas and style. Subsequent lessons tackle writing basics, from "Writing Characters" to "Writing Dialogue." The final lesson, "Markets, Competitions and Opportunities," guides writers on how to turn their newfound skills into published work. Additional writing tips are available on the Blog tab (readers should note that it has not been updated since 2018), and visitors with questions should check out the FAQ tab or send Smith a message via the Contact form. While the course is entirely free, Smith does not provide free feedback on an individual's writing.
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