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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.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Writing what you know
- 2 The everyday
- 3 The senses
- 4 Memory and narrative
- 5 Conclusion
- What's next?
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Writing what you know
This free course,Writing what you know, 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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If you would like to gain a record of achievement, you can study this free course on OpenLearn. Once you set up a free Open University account and enrolled on this course, you can track your progress in MyOpenLearn. When you’ve finished you can print off the free activity record to demonstrate your learning.
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This course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A215 Creative writing .
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Originally published: Wednesday, 15th April 2015
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