Creative writing is concerned with narrative craft, character development, genre tropes and traditions of poetry and poetics. Any form of writing that resides within the bounds of professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of writing is often not considered “creative writing”. Personally, I think the term “creative writing” is just unnecessary and when talking about anything written, we should just call it “writing”. 

I studied writing as part of my Bachelor’s degree and I wanted to retain a focus on writing in my MTA Portfolio, hence this module.

I write both fictional and factual. All the written content on this website was written by me (although, a few of the definitions on these module pages I pinched from Wikipedia) and I write just for the pleasure of it. 

Writing is key a part of my career design and development so it is something I want to keep honing, so I have continued to write far and wide while building my MTA Portfolio.

I have also read a mammoth number of books, many of them are included in the relevant modules of this MTA Portfolio. However, the only books I have included in this module are the ones that heavily stimulated my imagination and resulted in me further refining my writing style.

One of the areas of writing I never really covered in my Bachelor’s degree was life writing, so I was overjoyed to find a Coursera MOOC specialization that makes up this module. 

Writing is not really something that can be taught, it is discovered through the process of writing your own work. Teaching can certainly help to refine and tune up a person’s writing, but the best way to become a writer is just to read loads and write even more.

 

5 Courses

Memoir and Personal Essay: Managing Your Reader

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Wesleyan University

Started: 01/07/2019

Finished: 01/09/2020

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Writing in First Person Point of View

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Wesleyan University

Started: 01/07/2019

Finished: 01/09/2020

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Writing a Personal Essay

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Wesleyan University

Started: 01/07/2019

Finished: 01/09/2020

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Writing Stories About Ourselves

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Wesleyan University

Started: 01/07/2019

Finished: 01/09/2020

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High Impact Business Writing

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of California, Irvine

Started: 31/08/2015

Finished: 04/09/2015

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21 Books

How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs If You Ever Want to Get Published

Author: Howard Mittelmark & Sandra Newman

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2009

Started: 27/04/2020

Finished: 

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A Brief History of Diaries: From Pepys to Blogs

Author: Alexandra Johnson

Publisher: Hesperus Press

Published: 2011

Started: 25/02/2015

Finished: 08/03/2015

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Doctor Who: Lungbarrow

Author: Marc Platt

Publisher: BBCi

Published: 2003 (first published April 20th 1997)

Started: 21/10/2013

Finished: 20/11/2013

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Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

Author: Steven Moffat

Publisher: BBC Digital

Published: 2018

Started: 13/04/2018

Finished: 08/04/2018

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The Left Hand of Darkness

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Publisher: Orbit

Published: 1992

Started: 15/12/2014

Finished: 07/01/2015

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

Author: Walter Tevis

Publisher: Gollancz

Published: 2015 (first published February 1963)

Started: 04/01/2019

Finished: 12/01/2019

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Gollancz

Published: 2010 (first published January 1968)

Started: 14/02/2019

Finished: 28/02/2019

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Audible UK

Published: 2015

Started: 28/08/2019

Finished: 31/08/2019

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveller

Author: Italo Calvino

Publisher: Vintage Classics

Published: 1998 (first published 1979)

Started: 13/08/2019

Finished: 25/02/2020

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Dracul

Author:  Dacre Stoker & J. D. Barker

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Published: 2018

Started: 20/08/2019

Finished: 29/04/2020

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Star Maker

Author: Olaf Stapledon

Publisher: Millennium Paperbacks

Published: 1999

Started: 10/05/2020

Finished: 

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Sirius

Author: Olaf Stapledon

Publisher: Gollancz

Published: 2011

Started: 17/04/2015

Finished: 08/05/2015

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Odd John

Author: Olaf Stapledon

Publisher: Gollancz

Published: 2012

Started: 03/03/2015

Finished: 15/04/2015

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Last and First Men and Last Men in London

Author: Olaf Stapledon

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 1972

Started: 22/05/2015

Finished: 20/06/2015

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Far Future Calling

Author: Olaf Stapledon

Publisher: Gateway

Published: 2015 (first published 1979)

Started: 20/02/2018

Finished: 13/11/2018

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Peter Pan (Audible Drama)

Author:  J.M. Barrie

Publisher: Audible Originals

Published: 2019

Started: 11/01/2020

Finished: 12/01/2020

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Frankenstein 1818 Text

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2009

Started: 29/06/2019

Finished: 11/08/2019

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Melmoth the Wanderer

Author: Charles Robert Maturin

Publisher: Penguin Books

Published: 2000 (first published 1820)

Started: 29/04/2020

Finished: 

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The Portable Edgar Allan Poe

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

Publisher: Penguin Books

Published: 2006 (first published 1945)

Started: 20/10/2018

Finished: 

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The Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler

Publisher: Penguin Books

Published: 2011 (first published February 6th 1939)

Started: 15/05/2019

Finished: 28/06/2019

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The Shipping News

Author: Annie Proulx

Publisher: Fourth Estate

Published: 2009 (first published 1993)

Started: 29/04/2020

Finished: 

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As a writer you have only one job: to make the reader turn the page.

Sandra Newman & Howard Mittelmark, How Not To Write A Novel: 200 Mistakes To Avoid At All Costs If You Ever Want To Get Published, 2009:1

 

It is a rare writer who didn’t grow up reading compulsively, feeding their minds with great stories and planting the seed for future inspiration to write their own. Reading teaches the writer about good storytelling the way watching an operation teaches a medical student about surgery.

Karl Iglesias, The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Insider Secrets from Hollywood’s Top Writer, 2001:15