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Writing what you know
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you...
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see the familiar things in everyday life in a new light. You will also learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- articulate your own thoughts on the notion of ‘write what you know’;
- write ‘blind’ descriptions of known objects and note new observations;
- have an enhanced ability to list sensory perceptions;
- write short texts about a personal memory of either a place or a character.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Writing what you know
- 2 The everyday
- 3 The senses
- 4 Memory and narrative
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Writing what you know
This free course includes reading and writing activities that are geared to developing the use of memory, observation and the senses. The aim is to develop your perceptual abilities, honing your capacity to see detail in the world. You will be encouraged to start seeing the familiar in a new way and to make good use of your own personal history.
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This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A215 Creative writing.
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Originally published: Wednesday, 30th September 2015
Last updated on: Wednesday, 30th September 2015
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