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Writing what you know

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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 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.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 8 hours
  • Updated Thursday 25th August 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Creative Writing
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Writing what you know

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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.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A215 Creative writing [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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