8 Must-Seen Creative Free Courses Will Make You Awesome Writer

 I’ve taken over 100 classes on Skillshare, and I must say, I’m obsessed. I love the idea of being able to learn something new in a weekend, or even in an hour! If you’re curious about which classes I took and my opinion on them, scroll down and see what my favorite Skillshare classes are for bloggers or other creatives.They’re in no particular order. I’ll keep this up to date as I take new courses, so check back and have fun learning!

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Creative Writing for All: A 10-Day Journaling Challenge by Emily Gould, Writer

Internationally acclaimed author Emily Gould walks you through a 10-day creative writing challenge! Filled with inspiring examples, observation prompts, and clever revision tricks, it’s perfect for writers and enthusiasts eager to rekindle creativity in a personal and artful way.

Writing for Online Engagement: Fiction in a Digital World by Rebecca Sky, Author

Join writer and Wattpad Star Rebecca Sky for a new Skillshare class on writing fiction today! You’ll peel back the curtain on online writing and learn frameworks, techniques, and strategies for establishing, engaging, and growing a community around your work.

Storytelling Fundamentals: Character, Conflict, Context, Craft by Daniel José Older, New York Times Bestselling Author

How do you write a story that feels alive? What makes a story different from an anecdote?

Join renowned urban fantasy writer Daniel José Older for a 40-minute dive into the fundamentals of narrative storytelling!

Creative Nonfiction: Write Truth with Style by Susan Orlean, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

The rise of sites like Medium and Longreads have inspired a resurgence in creative nonfiction—that compelling, leisurely writing that weaves true ideas and characters into stories that reveal as much about its readers as its subject. But where do those stories come from? And how do they work?

In this class, Susan Orlean, best-selling author, and longtime New Yorker staff writer, walks us through her writing process for transforming ordinary subjects into exceptional stories. She reveals how she prepares to write, takes a close look at her classic Esquire piece “The American Male at Age Ten,” and delves into why curiosity, revision, and collaboration are at the heart of being a writer.

Creating Blog Content Your Readers Actually Want to Read by Theresa Christine, Travel Blogger, Freelance Journalist

There is no magic formula for creating the best content, but there are some effective things to know and ways that you can certainly craft compelling posts that excite your readers. This course provides you with useful tools and insight that you can utilize right away to craft better posts on your blog every time you hit the “Publish” button. Whether you’re just starting out or have been blogging for years now, this class will provide you with the clarity and the skills to publish amazing content on your blog that actually gets read.

The Writer’s Toolkit: 6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit by Simon Van Booy, Author, and Screenwriter

Do you dream of being a writer but are struggling with how to start? These 6 essential steps will give you the foundation you need to produce great writing.

In this 40-minute class, acclaimed novelist Simon Van Booy walks writers of all types through a simple process that makes writing approachable and fun.

Humor Writing: Write Funny for the Internet by Mike Lacher, Humorist, Writer, Developer

Nothing loves a good joke more than the Internet. In this 60-min class from humorist Mike Lacher, learn how to write your own short and funny piece in the style of McSweeney’s.

You’ll learn how to find a funny idea, transform it with a fresh point of view, write a rapid draft, and then revise your jokes for structure and style. Throughout the short lessons, Mike uses one of his most famous pieces, I’m Comic Sans, to illuminate every concept and show us how true comedy gets written.

Creative Writing: Begin with the Body by Chelsea Hodson, Writer

Often in creative nonfiction, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Which memory do you start with? How do you make sense of the stories you want to tell? These kinds of questions can be paralyzing, but this class, led by essayist Chelsea Hodson, discusses the possibility of using the body itself as a writing tool and a place to begin. Chelsea will discuss a few of her favorite examples of writing about the physical body—everything from poems to essays to short stories. She’ll also demonstrate her editing process in real time and discuss her own experiences regarding writing without expectation.
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