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Creative Writing

Whether you simply enjoy writing or are interested in a career as a professional writer, Stratford's creative writing course is an ideal place to begin your studies.

From character generation to plot development, Stratford's in-depth creative writing curriculum can help you explore your talents and offer innovative tips to develop a compelling story for your readers to enjoy.

Creative writers often work on a number of writing styles, from children's books or fiction novels, to short stories and poetry. Individuals with quality training and experience could work for publishing companies, literary magazines, websites, or even work for themselves as a freelance writer.

Stratford's creative writing course is a convenient and affordable way to help you fine tune your writing skills. Enrol today!
Creative Writing Module 1
Writing Great Short Stories

• Writing a short story—getting started
• Characters—How to create people who live and breathe on the page
• Conflict—How to devise a story that readers won’t want to put down
• Plot and Structure—How to shape your story and keep it moving forward
• Setting and Atmosphere—How to bring readers into a vivid story world
• Narrative Voice—How to develop your individual voice as a writer
• Exploring the realm of short stories
• A quick guide to submitting manuscripts for publication

Creative Writing Module 2
Characters and Point of View

• Two-dimensional words and three-dimensional characters
• Choosing point-of-view
• Story presentation
• Developing memorable characters
• Distinguishing main from minor characters
• Choosing the most effective viewpoint

Creative Writing Module 3
Description and Setting

• The Importance of Description and Setting
• Learning to Pay Attention
• Showing, Telling and Combining the Two
• Sensory Description
• Description of Characters
• Time and Place
• Description and Setting in Specialized Fiction
• Using Description and Setting to Drive the Story

Creative Writing Module 4
Beginnings, Middles, Ends

• Progressing from first sentence to last
• Hooking an editor in the first three paragraphs
• Building drama through effective prose
• Solutions to potential story problems
• Tried and true writing exercises
• Sharpening your skills
• Improving a story by rewriting

Creative Writing Module 5
Scene and Structure

• Scenes as revelation of plot
• The steps leading towards climax and conclusion
• Developing scenes to build a story’s structure
• Properly using cause and effect
• Unfolding the main character’s struggle
• Building a believable and revealing end

Creative Writing Module 6
Write and Revise for Publication

• Drafting, revising and fine-tuning your story
• Marketing your work


We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the material is presented may vary.
Creative Writing Program

Stratford Career Institute has given me my hope back. I believe I can accomplish my goal.

R.P. - Ontario

My first course (with Stratford) was Creative Writing. I had a novel published.

T.T. - Ontario